The holidays are a time to relive traditions, take a step back from the stressfulness of daily life, and simply enjoy the presence of family. For those with a terminally ill loved one facing the decision about Hospice Care, the holidays can look much different. It’s natural to consider delaying a Hospice Care admission around the holidays, but getting into a hospice earlier may provide a better holiday experience for your entire family, including your terminally ill loved one.
What is Hospice Care?
When some think about Hospice Care they assume it's for people with only a few days to live. Hospice is, however, about adding life and quality to your days, no matter your diagnosis.
Hospice Care is specialized care that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for individuals who have received a terminal diagnosis.
Once on hospice, a collaborative team of healthcare professionals work together to develop an individualized plan of care that will help manage symptoms and pain. This ensures that a person’s remaining days, however many that may be, are spent with dignity and comfort, surrounded by all their loved ones.
When to Choose Hospice Care
The choice to embrace hospice isn't always an easy one.
Deciding when to initiate hospice care for yourself or a loved one involves a nuanced understanding of medical needs, emotional readiness, and a commitment to prioritizing comfort above all else.
For Former President Jimmy Carter, he chose to initiate hospice care early in his healthcare journey last April. Carter said he was tired of his series of hospital stays and wanted to spend time with his family. He is about to enter his 10th month in hospice care, shedding light on a crucial aspect of end-of-life care, timing.
Signs It May Be Time
If you or your loved one were recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and need help deciding when to consider Hospice Care, here are some indications that may justify starting this supportive service:
-Your loved one is in persistent pain
-Frequent hospital visits
-Unable to handle daily living tasks on their own such as bathing, eating or dressing
-Struggling to get quality sleep
-Unexplained weight loss
-You're feeling stressed and overwhelmed as a caregiver
*A referral from your doctor is also needed.
Let Covenant Care Care for Your Family
Every end-of-life journey is unique, but they can all be filled with peace and comfort. Make this Christmas for your terminally ill loved one about love, laughter, and the precious gift of time with the support of hospice care.
Learn more about Covenant Care Hospice services by calling 1.855.CARE.365 or by visiting https://www.choosecovenant.org/hospice-care/.