This past year was not the kindest to you and your family. It was extremely difficult to see the way your father seemed to deteriorate right in front of you. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago and while you had hoped for the best, you knew there was no cure and you understood the various signs that would mark his life with this struggle.
As you face the start of summer, you may be facing the prospect that he only has a few months or maybe less than a year to go. His memory loss is significant. He requires constant, around-the-clock care.
You’ve been relying on home care providers, family, and friends to help out with so many things. Your mother has struggled to support him while she’s been dealing with her own challenges as she gets older.
It may be time to consider hospice care.
It’s easy to dismiss the notion of hospice care, assuming it’s only for people at the final days or weeks of their life, but it’s designed to provide comfort and maintain as high a quality of life as possible for those individuals who may have reached a point when they have basically less than a year to go.
Transitioning to the end-of-life care can be difficult for many families to face. Even though you understand what is going to happen, how your father will continue to struggle with his life, and how he might not recognize you or others in your family very often, you still want him to be comfortable.
You want your mother to be lifted of the burden she has had to carry trying to take care of him with whatever help she could receive from you and others. You want to make this transition as smooth and comfortable as possible, not just for your father, but for your mother and the rest of you as well.
Hospice care can be a great way to do that. Here are a few things to consider.
Develop a plan.
If your father’s doctor has suggested he may only have less than a year to live, have a plan in place. When does it make sense to start with hospice care? It can start as soon as possible.
Focus on activities.
Is your father still physically capable of being active? If so, what kind of support does he need? As long as he has proper care in place, those activities could be beneficial.
The prospect of losing a loved one is never welcome, but you can still stay positive. As long as he is comfortable and you are doing everything you can for him, that is one way to be positive. You can achieve that through qualified and experienced hospice care.
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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