Some families ask themselves: is hospice care worth it? If your loved one’s condition is already terminal, why not let it run its course?
This is one option, but hospice care provides you and your loved one access to a support system of doctors, counselors, and other professionals who can make life easier. Here are some of the main benefits of hospice care.
No one wants a loved one’s final days to be uncomfortable or full of pain. Hospice care provides your loved one the greatest chance at living out their life in peace and comfort. Hospice nurses and doctors are trained in the proper medications to give and the best techniques to maintain a patient’s functioning.
In addition, licensed counselors can help your loved one process the emotional and psychological toll of the end of life. Religious caregivers can address their spiritual needs. You and your family don’t need to be alone in this difficult time, especially with the professional help provided in hospice care.
Under hospice care, the patient has the balm of knowing that everything is taken care of. There will always be someone to help them. They can remain in their homes as long as they’re physically able, and hospice doctors and nurses can visit a patient anywhere they call home, including retirement homes and assisted living facilities.
The family also has the benefit of knowing that someone is here for them. Bereavement counselors are available to help family members cope with death and loss.
On your own, you may not have access to medications and equipment your loved one needs. Wheelchairs and walkers are provided for patients with limited mobility. Medications are covered, including new and existing prescriptions, and your doctor will have the professional expertise to review medications and determine if any are no longer helpful. Hospice programs also collaborate with patients’ primary caregivers, so your loved one can still see the doctors they know and are comfortable with.
While we recognize that cost is a limiting factor for many families, hospice care is the best way to help an individual with a terminal condition. Reach out to La Bella Vita Hospice if you have a loved one in need.
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