March 24, 2016 Hospice
Hospice care provides intensive attention for patients dealing with serious illness and end of life issues. At this time of life, special care is needed to address the unique problems of patients and their families. Granny NANNIES enlist experienced caregivers that can assist both patients and their families during this difficult time.
One of the most important aspects of hospice care is the focus on team coordination that is geared to helping the patient achieve the most comfortable state possible. The team may include physicians, registered nurses, nursing aides, complementary therapists, social workers and chaplains who work together to assess and administer appropriate treatment and therapies that can keep patients physically comfortable and emotionally at peace.
Managing symptoms at the end of life and ensuring that pain is adequately controlled are important facets of hospice care. Professional caregivers can closely monitor patients to ensure that these aspects are managed properly and can alert nurses and physicians when additional treatment is needed.
As the end of life approaches, individuals require more intensive care for their physical needs and their emotional well being. Caregiver can provide around-the-clock supervision to ensure patients have their needs met at all times. These tasks may include providing medication, personal grooming, feeding, monitoring physical symptoms and providing companionship.
Hospice care must also provide in-depth information to families, so that they can deal with practical issues, as well as ensure that their loved one is receiving the best care for their needs. Regular meetings with the family can provide the current status of the patient and provide an opportunity to give feedback.
Taking care of a loved one at the end of life can be an exhausting experience, both physically and emotionally. Certified caregivers can provide respite care so that family members can take a short vacation or attend important family events, secure in the knowledge that their loved ones will have the professional care they need.
Hospice care includes providing spiritual support for the patient as they leave material life and embark on the journey to the afterlife, however they define it. Hospice care provides this spiritual support in the religious faith the individual follows, so that he or she can be assured the comfort they need for this important phase of their lives.
Saying good-bye can be a difficult process for families, with old issues suddenly re-erupting as individual members face separation from the patient. Bereavement care can help these family members work through the process of letting go of their loved one and learn to face the emotions that may linger from the past.
A comprehensive approach can help patients and their families deal with end-of-life issues and provide the best care possible for patients during this period. Find out more about how we can help with hospice care services.