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How Can You Tell if Your Family Member Is Ready for Hospice?

Hospice Elder Care in Bensalem PA: How Can You Tell if Your Family Member Is Ready for Hospice?

When you’re a caregiver, you tend to want solid answers to some of your more difficult questions. These answers help you to make those choices that feel impossible. One of the questions you might be going back and forth on could involve hospice care.

Her Ability to Participate in ADL Is Declining

ADL, or activities of daily living, are those activities that people do all day to live their lives. These are activities such as getting dressed, bathing, eating, and so much more. When your senior is having difficulty with one or more activities of daily living, this may be a sign that she’s approaching readiness for hospice services.

She’s Been in the Hospital a Lot

Many different health conditions can land your elderly family member in the hospital. At some point, these are likely to be chronic health issues your senior has been battling, such as congestive heart failure. She may express to you that she’s tired of going to the hospital or having to stay in the hospital. If that’s the case, hospice can take over.

She Has Wounds or Infections that Won’t Heal

When smaller wounds or infections just refuse to heal, they quickly become larger wounds. This is something that you definitely want to avoid in any way possible. Hospice care providers can help you to keep an eye on wounds and prevent them so that your senior doesn’t develop a massive infection that forces her back to the hospital.

She’s Losing Weight without Trying

Your elderly family member may be eating and yet still losing weight. In some cases, this can be because her body is burning so much fuel and energy just trying to get through every day. This can be a sign that her system is working much harder than it has to work.

She’s Growing Weaker and More Tired

Fatigue and weakness are two common issues as your senior nears the end of her life. This might mean that she’s not able to “help” as much as she did in the past when you’re helping her to maneuver around. Having hospice care providers on hand who can show you how to lift and support your senior without injuring yourself is crucial.

Ultimately, though, your senior is ready for hospice care services when she feels ready for it. If she’s no longer able to make that call on her own, you and her medical team may be the ones making that decision for her.

If you or an aging parent are considering hospice elder care in Bensalem, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.

Michael Drew, LNHA

Michael Drew LNHA is the administrator of Serenity Hospice PA, servicing the greater Bensalem and Philadelphia areas. In this capacity, he leads and inspires the company’s mission of providing quality and compassionate end-of-life care and supportive services for patients and their families, and to enhance their quality of life. Michael’s hallmark is his genuine concern for patients and his dedication to meeting their needs.
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.