If you have a family member who is slowly approaching the end of life, you may be considering the use of hospice care services. It can be extremely upsetting and stressful as your loved one’s disease continues to take over. In addition, it can also be painful and scary for your loved one as well.
Hospice care has many benefits and can help both the patient and his or her family. Take a look at some of the information below, to better understand the use of this service. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss hospice care options, consult with an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney.
What is hospice care?
Hospice care helps a patient and his or her family deal with the end of a terminal illness. Hospice care focuses on making life more comfortable and pain-free, rather than finding a cure for a disease.
Hospice a patient to come to terms with his or her illness and the fact that death is in the near future. With this service, it’s possible for a patient to have a more relaxing end of life. It also makes it possible for family members to cope with the difficult situation.
Hospice care works in the following way:
Hospice staff will work with a patient to assess his or her personal needs. This includes determining a pain management and medical care plan.
Hospice staff typically includes a number of helpful individuals: doctors, nurses, health aides, and trained volunteers. With the help of a team, it’s possible to cover many aspects of the patient and his or her family’s needs.
Take a look at our next blog post (part 2 of 2) to learn more about the use of hospice care services.
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