Many people who call us ask, “Why would somebody choose to undergo hospice care?” The decision to go on this kind of care can be an emotional one. Still, it has the potential to be the most rewarding option for a person who has a terminal diagnosis.
What Is Hospice?
I’d like to briefly describe what hospice care is before considering why somebody would want to enroll. First, it’s essential to know that the only people who qualify for hospice care are people who already have a terminal diagnosis. Second, hospice care is also known as end-of-life care because its goal is to make the end of a patient’s life as painless, comfortable, and fulfilling as possible. In many ways, it is the acceptance that death is a natural part of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be a sad, painful part. To learn more about what hospice care is, you can read this blog. You can also read up on Medicare’s requirements for hospice providers on their website.
Why Do People Choose This Service?
Many people who receive terminal diagnoses also experience a lot of physical pain or discomfort. Hospice care is a service designed to relieve this pain. Sometimes, patients are more comfortable taking medicine like Tylenol or Ibuprofen to alleviate pain, but Aspire also offers more holistic methods like massage and music therapy. Massage and music therapy are both evidence-based practices that have shown positive results in pain relief. Reducing or eliminating pain can help end-of-life care be much easier for both the patient and their family.
Many people choose to undergo hospice care to allow themselves and their families to focus on each other. Knowing that their family member is taken care of and free of pain, a patient’s family can enjoy their time with their family member. Losing a family member is never easy, but having a fulfilling time with them before they pass away can make it a little easier. Families can also receive free grief counseling to help them through the grieving process.
Every patient has a unique situation, and you may have more questions. You can reach out to Aspire Hospice Care with any questions you may have; we have highly trained patient care advocates available to speak to you. So, give us a call or use our webchat feature today.