What is Hospice Care
During an illness that is terminal, you or your loved ones may talk with your doctor and decide the treatments meant to cure or slow a disease are no longer working, or you are ready to stop them. Some people might think using hospice means they are giving up. While others worry that they won’t get the medical care they need. But Hospice services simply focus on the quality of your life instead of trying to cure a disease.
Your Hospice Team (also known as your Interdisciplinary Care Team) may include a doctor, nurse, social worker, counselor, chaplain, home health aide, and trained volunteers. This group of team members work together to create and update an individualized plan of care that meets your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Remember, hospice is for family members, too. Hospice care offers counseling and can sometimes assist with practical things such as cleaning house and much needed rest breaks.
While making the decision to enter into hospice care can be one of the most agonizing decisions a family can make, many wait too long to seek this specialized care. At the very least, it is important to educate your family on the benefits of hospice care. Although this won’t make end-of-life decisions any easier, it may ease the anguish when the time comes.
When looking for relief from pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms, so that you can focus on the people and things you care about the most, that is when Abundant Hospice can help with the decision for end-of-life care. For a consultation please call our 24 hour referral line at (210) 608-0081.