Hospice care is a type of care that offers focused, holistic care for people who are nearing the ends of their lives. Care providers focus on enhancing quality of life and that means helping to manage a variety of different types of discomfort. Some of the solutions that hospice can offer are ones that aren’t available with curative therapies.
Many people who are near the end of life are in significant pain. Sometimes that pain can’t be managed outside of hospice care. But because of how hospice elder care works, patients have access to other tools, like physical therapy, medication, and other complementary therapies that can offer pain relief.
Shortness of Breath
Patients who are having difficulty breathing are not experiencing the best possible quality of life. Hospice offers interventions that can help to manage breathing issues like shortness of breath while also keeping patients comfortable. These treatments can help to relief discomfort and reduce the stress of having breathing issues, which can further assist with breathing difficulties.
Nausea and Vomiting
It’s very common for people nearing the end of life to have trouble with nausea and vomiting. Sometimes this is because of curative therapies, but often it’s due to the illness they’re battling. Hospice care offers ways for seniors to manage both nausea and vomiting in a way that improves quality of life.
Fatigue and Weakness
So often people who are near the end of life are extremely tired and weak. No matter how much they rest, they may not feel as if they can build up any strength. Hospice care helps patients to conserve the energy that they do have and manage fatigue in other ways.
Anxiety and Depression
It isn’t easy to face the end of life and there are often emotional complications like worrying about what might happen as well as anxiety and depression. Hospice providers can help their patients to practice using exercises and techniques to manage these feelings in a healthy way. If they need additional support, like talk therapy, that kind of help is available too.
Grief and Loss
The end of someone’s life is a time when grief and loss are at the forefront. As much grief as the individual who is dying is experiencing, friends and family members are experiencing just as much. Hospice is there for them, too, helping them to deal with their emotions around such a big event.
Loneliness and Isolation
The end of life can also feel isolating and lonely. Hospice elder care providers can be there to offer emotional support and companionship to alleviate those feelings of loneliness. They can also be there for family caregivers who are feeling all alone in this set of circumstances.
Hospice care offers a compassionate approach to managing all sorts of uncomfortable aspects of the end of someone’s life. Family members, friends, and the person who is near death all have the support that they need to get through this difficult time. Hospice is also there for hands-on support when it matters most.