Most discussions about hospice center around the holistic treatments and therapies that allow a loved one to face their last days with some assemblance of dignity. It is also important to note that a patients continuing medical care is also a large part of hospice services.
Hospice and Medical Care
Hospice caregivers work hand in hand with a patient’s doctor to assure the utmost quality of care. While working with a patient’s doctor, the hospice caregivers provide:
- Medications and medical treatments to combat fatigue, anxiety, pain, breathlessness and depression.
- Psychological counseling and/or grief counseling for patient and family members should the need arise.
- Complete respect for the patient and their end of life wishes. Assistance to both family members and the patient when faced with difficult choices regarding their medical care.
- Assurance that the patient will be kept as comfortable as possible during their last days.
In Home or Hospital Hospice Care
The location of hospice care is generally determined by the patient’s needs and situation. If the patient is receiving home medical care, the hospice providers will go to the home; if the patient is in a nursing home that is where the services will take place. To put it plainly, hospice care is available at any time, any place. All the patient need do is call. Where hospice services are concerned, it is not so much the location, as it is the need for services.
Medical care is not separate and apart from the hospice care system, the two are separate spokes on the same wheel, with one common goal; to make a patients last days as dignified and comfortable as possible.