Transitioning to hospice care is a tough decision for many people, so if you’re still not sure, you’re not alone. These tips can help you to determine when it’s the right time for your senior’s situation.
Making the Decision Is Difficult
The toughest time to decide about hospice care services is when your elderly family member is unable to give you her input on the topic. If your family member is still able to share her wishes with you and talk with you about how she’s doing, then it’s a good idea to ask her how she feels about the idea. It’s possible that there are misconceptions at play about hospice services, so it helps to understand how it works.
Some People Believe Hospice Moves Bad News Along Faster
It’s a common misconception that hospice care is something that hastens the passing of a loved one. The reality is that hospice helps both the aging adult and the rest of the family, including the caregiver. The focus of this type of care is about keeping your senior comfortable and helping her to manage her symptoms. Hospice care providers work closely with the rest of her medical team to give your senior the best tools possible for her situation.
There’s Help for Everyone
There’s a lot of help to be had, too. Hospice care services aren’t just about helping your aging adult, although that is a big portion of what happens. There is also a great deal of caregiver support and assistance that is available. Other family members can also benefit a great deal from the help hospice services can offer. This is a holistic type of care that looks at what the entire family surrounding your aging adult needs.
Waiting Can Make Everything More Difficult
Waiting isn’t a bad thing at all and it may be exactly what you and your senior need. But if you wait too long, that can make everything just a little more difficult than it has to be, especially for you as her caregiver. Hospice can offer you respite and task support that is truly invaluable.
If you’re still feeling conflicted about whether hospice care is right for your aging family member, talk to her doctor. Getting an objective opinion can help you to determine when it’s right for your elderly family member and the rest of your family. This isn’t a decision to make lightly, of course, but it’s also not one that is permanent.
If you or an aging parent are considering hospice care in Norristown, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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