Getting the right kind of care can seem overwhelming both for you and for your elderly loved one. If your loved one has been battling a chronic illness for a long time, end-of-life care may be just the treatment solution that she needs, even if it’s for a short time only.
That’s How it All Began
Palliative treatment plans were originally designed to help people diagnosed with terminal illnesses manage their treatment options. Today, though, end-of-life care is expanded to help people with terminal diagnoses as well as other types of ailments. Most of these conditions are severe and your loved one may be at a point in her treatment when she’s tired of going to the hospital, for example, and merely wants to manage her symptoms.
End-of-life Care Is about Options
At its heart, end-of-life care is about offering you and your loved one as many different treatment options as possible. End-of-life care can bring in alternative treatments, plans to only manage symptoms, and a variety of other concerns. It’s about your loved one’s needs and what can be done practically to help her to meet those needs.
Help Your Loved One Make the Best Decision Possible
Your loved one may be concerned that once she opts into this type of treatment, she’s stuck and she’ll have to give up her other treatments. That’s not the case at all, however. Look for the benefits that your loved one is likely to experience now and focus on those.
Her Needs May Still Change
Keep in mind that your loved one’s needs are still likely to change at any time. End-of-life care is set up to help your loved one adapt her treatments as her needs and her desires for a different type of care change. Your loved one isn’t roped into one type of treatment for the rest of her life. Revisit her care plan and assess what’s working and what isn’t working. From there, adaptations can be made to bring everything more into alignment for her.
End-of-life care is one of many ways that you can help ensure that your loved one’s needs are met.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering end-of-life care in Yardley, 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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