There are many misunderstandings of hospice care and its purpose. Because it is associated with the end of life, many people avoid it altogether rather than seeking to understand it. However, when the time comes for a terminally ill individual to prepare to pass away, it is important to understand what hospice really is and how it can be a huge benefit to the patient and their family.
In a nutshell, the purpose of hospice is to improve the quality of life for individuals who have already been given a medical prognosis of less than 6 months to live. Its primary focus is to provide comfort care physically as well as providing spiritual and emotional support mentally for the patient throughout the time they have left to live.
Improving the qualify of life is a phrase that changes person to person—what matters to one person may not to another. That is why our nurses begin hospice services by having a conversation with the patient on what matters most to them and builds a plan of care supporting those aspects of the patient’s life.
For most people, preparing to pass away or helping a loved one as they transition towards passing away is uncharted territory. It can be a very scary time because there are many unknowns. This is why it is absolutely essential to have advocates on the patient’s side. At Aspire Home Health and Hospice, we provide exceptional services through our experienced staff. They are here to educate you and your family about the benefits of hospice—to answer your questions and to address your concerns.
We have hospice representatives standing by 24/7 to answer your questions and help you plan for your future. Contact us today to speak with our senior care advocates.