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8th Dec

2016

Three Ways Hospice Can Help You

WHEN SOMEONE is experiencing a life limiting illness – when they are expected to live no more than six months – it is a difficult and challenging time. Hospice stands ready to help, though. Here are three areas in which we provide support.

First, hospice provides comfort.

The medical members of the hospice team are specialists in controlling pain and in managing the symptoms of a terminal illness. Their goal is to provide the best quality of life possible given the circumstances. As much as possible they seek to alleviate symptoms while allowing the patient to remain relatively alert. By providing this medical support in the patient’s place of residence, which is possible in the majority of cases, hospice makes it possible for their remaining time to be spent in the comfort of familiar surroundings; interacting with and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Second, hospice provides emotional and spiritual support.

For most people, coming to terms with a terminal illness and coming to accept the inevitability of death, is an extremely emotional time. It can involve regret, sadness and a host of other feelings. It is also a time when a person who has faith may grapple with the meaning of life, of death, of purpose. Fundamental questions are often revisited. Why does God allow this? Is there really a life after death? All people are different, of course. There are those who feel that they want little or no emotional support. There are also those who do not ascribe to a faith. Hospice stands ready to provide whatever help may be desired and offers visits by both social workers and clergy; experts in providing emotional support and addressing the spiritual issues associated with end of life.

Third, hospice is here to help caregivers.

Those caring for a loved can face difficult challenges, both emotional and practical. For some it is often their first experience of caring for someone who is seriously ill. Hospice recognizes their need for support. It provides guidance and advice when it comes to the practical issues of caring for the patient’s physical needs. It even provides needed supplies related to the hospice diagnosis. Social workers and chaplains offer emotional and spiritual support to caregivers as well as to the patient. Hospice also ensures that caregivers need never feel alone. Someone at hospice is always on call, whatever the time of day or night. And, after the patient has passed hospice offers bereavement support for the family for up to 13 months. Hospice is there and continues to be there for family caregivers.

Many families who have used the services of hospice remark on how much help they received and how grateful they were that hospice was there for them. We are here to help you. Just give us a call. 678.878.3440.

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