Considering Hospice Care

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Posted: 8/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare
Many family caregivers struggle with when to begin talking about hospice care for their loved one. But should it be introduced even sooner? A new study conducted at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, in Providence, R.I., has found that caregivers may be waiting too late. The research found that during the last month of a person’s life almost one in three spent some time in the intensive-care unit. A similar number only received hospice care within days of their death.

Doctors associated with the study feel that hospice care should be introduced sooner when it can help provide patients with a better quality of life, and not just be a last resort when no other intervention can help. After all, the goal of hospice is to offer patients, their families and their loved ones something more when they have an illness that cannot be cured. It is based on comfort-oriented care.

The Brown University study helps shed light on the importance of advocating for your loved one. Talk to them about what is important to them—does your loved one want every measure to be taken, or do they prefer to focus on remaining as comfortable as they can at the end of their life?

Including hospice in your loved one’s end of life care is often the best way to ensure that their wishes about their final days are carried out.
Interim HealthCare offers a full range of hospice services from pain and symptom management (also known as palliative care) to a bereavement program. Our Hospices believe that each person has the right to die pain-free and with dignity. We also believe that caregivers deserve support to allow their loved ones to die in whatever setting they consider home.

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