You need to talk about hospice care with your mother. You know she only has a few months left to live. She is still capable of taking care of herself for the most part, but there is a lot of pain at times, discomfort, and she could certainly use a nurse every so often.
Hospice care is for more than just those in their final days.
Most people think about hospice care as being reserved for those individuals who are at the final stage of their life, usually referring to the final days or weeks.
Hospice care can be an essential component of maintaining a high quality of life even for those individuals who may have up to a year left to live and who are generally capable of taking care of themselves for the most part.
The goal of hospice care is to offer assistance and help people maintain as high a quality of life for their final weeks or months as possible.
So how do you bring up this subject?
It’s been a difficult year for you and your family. Perhaps your mother has been fighting cancer or some other serious health issue for a long time. Her most recent visit to her doctor gave her some bad news. She could have chosen to continue fighting, but she’s had enough.
She wants to enjoy the final months that she has with her family, including her grandchildren, without the nausea, vomiting, and debilitating condition that often associates certain treatment options, especially for cancer.
You’ve avoided talking about the end with her for quite a while. Now, though, you know it’s something to discuss.
You don’t know if she’ll even consider hospice care.
She doesn’t seem to have too much difficulty at the moment, but as each week rolls around, you understand she’s going to face greater and greater challenges in life. Her health will decline and that decline could accelerate.
You don’t want to wait until it’s too late to talk about the topic of hospice care.
Hospice care is different than other forms of home care support services. Hospice care providers, including a nurse, can assist with many aspects of daily life. They can also help to regulate medications, manage pain to some degree, and offer other comforts.
Some hospice care providers can also help elderly clients take part in certain activities that may be interesting to them that they can’t do on their own. The sooner you discuss hospice care, the better it’s going to be for you and your mother in these weeks and months ahead.
If your aging loved one is in need of Hospice Care in Upper Darby, PA please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice. Call today!(215) 867-5405
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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