When a life limiting illness affects someone you love, it’s not it easy knowing where to turn for help or what might be the best options for them.
As you consider hospice, it will help to understand how hospice care can support the many needs of your loved one and what support hospice can offer you and others in your family.
A major misconception is that choosing hospice means giving up hope. Hospice doesn’t mean that death is imminent. Some patients actually improve and may be discharged from hospice care. The earlier your loved one receives hospice care, the greater the opportunity there is to stabilize their medical condition and address other needs.
In very simple terms, hospice is about the quality of life. Hospice focuses on comfort, dignity and emotional support. The quality of life for the patient, as well as for family members and caregivers, is the highest priority. This makes hospice a pretty unique type of care.
Comfort: Hospice Care of South Carolina’s nurses are uniquely trained in pain control and symptom management. One of our goals is to control your loved one’s pain and free them from distressing symptoms. It’s not about hastening death.
Environment is also important in our hospice philosophy. As much as possible, we’ll work to keep your loved one at home where they can be surround by family, friends and the things they have grown to cherish.
Dignity: Hospice can also bring your loved one a greater sense of control. We involve them in creating their plan of care and support their decisions about how the remainder of their life is spent. Should they choose, they can withdraw from hospice care at anytime to seek medical treatments that may become available.
Emotional Support: Hospice also offers emotional support to your loved one as well as you and your family. We help you learn how to relate to and understand your loved one as they deal with the effects of their illness. We help your loved one understand their emotions and cope with their illness. Hospice Care of South Carolina also supports those who have lost a loved one by helping them adjust, begin to heal, and ultimately regain the ability to re-invest in life and relationships.Tweet