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Things You Need to Know About A Hospice Care Facility

Few people realize that hospice care facilities are designed for comfort and to help families spend as much time together as possible. Here is some helpful information to keep in mind if you or someone you love is considering to find a hospice care facility.

 

-In hospice care, the staff will make sure your loved one’s medical needs are met, but your family can provide their emotional and physical support too.

 

-Hospices usually have visitation hours of 10am-4pm daily. You won’t have to go far from home for a visit.

 

-Hospices don’t get many visitors because most of their residents are dying; they hope that this will help give them a feeling of family when they do.

 

-Hospices are not just for cancer patients; they care for people who have AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other terminal illnesses.

 

-The purpose of hospice is to give the whole family peace of mind.

 

-They want family members to come by for entertainment, not to be there at the end.

 

-Many people are afraid families will be forced to make decisions about how much “extra” care a loved one receives until death. Hospice staff is trained to give families the time they need so they can make those decisions together. You can have your loved one moved into hospice at any time—even if he or she isn’t ready to die right away.

 

-Hospices will provide some of your loved one’s medications if you ask them to.

 

-The hospice will usually admit your loved one within 24 hours when possible.

 

-Hospice staff members don’t tell families what they should do but help them explore all of their options.

 

-If you need physical, occupational, or speech therapy, they can provide a list of therapists who are familiar with the disease process and can help your loved one. You and your family won’t be alone during this time.

 

-Most hospices have a social worker and chaplain on staff to assist with mental health issues like depression and anxiety as well as spiritual grief concerns. Families can call anytime if they have questions or need to talk.

 

-Typically, the hospice will have a visiting nurse who will make sure that your loved one’s medical needs are being met. If they aren’t, the hospice will try to work things out with your family and doctor.

 

-The bed has rails on both sides to give you a sense of security when sitting with your loved one.

 

-When you visit, you may spend as much time as you want alone or with other family members in the private room where your loved one is located. You can also go into the living room for entertainment and conversation with other families or staff members.