Hospice care is a specialty that still has a lot of misconceptions about it.  So, in this blog, we’re going to answer the question, “What does it mean to go on hospice?”

What is it?

It’s essential to understand what hospice is before going into what it means to go on the service.  Hospice is a subset of healthcare that focuses on comfort and pain management for patients who have terminal illnesses.  Frequently, patients with terminal diagnoses experience pain, discomfort, and unhappiness.  Hospice’s purpose is to alleviate those things as much as possible.

What Does it Mean to Go On Hospice?

Now that we’ve established what hospice is, now we can answer the question, “What does it mean to go on hospice?”  When a patient has a terminal diagnosis and has a life expectancy of fewer than six months, it may be time to consider these services.  Instead of going through the end of life in pain, this service offers patients the option of spending their last days the way they want to spend them.  Our services allow patients to spend more time with their families, experience relief from pain and discomfort, and achieve self-actualization.

Hospice doesn’t only benefit patients, though;  it also helps the patient’s family.  Instead of being responsible for all of their loved one’s care, we can come in and allow the family to make meaningful memories together.  Instead of spending all of their time trying to meet their loved one’s needs, we can come in and meet those needs for them.  Having those needs met will free up valuable time to focus on what matters most.

Hospice also offers family members bereavement services.  The loss of a loved one is a hard thing to experience.  But, agencies like Aspire offer therapy, social work, and grief counseling to help make it more manageable.

We hope this blog has been helpful to you.  If you have any questions about our services, we encourage you to give us a call today!

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