Medical care and healthcare are generally designed to make people get better or feel better. Doctors have the difficult task of determining if patients have the ability to get better. When it becomes clear that patients won’t get better, doctors have an even more difficult task of telling patients and their family members that the end of life will occur at some time within the next six months. The six-month timeframe signals the time that hospice care can begin. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the number of people needing hospice care rises every year.
Palliative care differs from medical care in that the treatment may or may not heal the disease or illness. People with serious illnesses often benefit from palliative care because it focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms. The goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life and offer a greater sense of comfort. Quality palliative care also gives peace of mind to family members, when they see their family member in less pain. While palliative care differs from medical care, there are also distinct differences between palliative care and hospice care.
Hospice does not focus on improving health or saving lives. Hospice is designed to make the patient more comfortable during the final months of life. Hospice can include palliative care with the goal of making the patient feel better physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Many hospitals have hospice wings right on their property. Private facilities that have religious affiliations are also available. While the quality of care in most facilities is excellent, most seniors live longer when hospice services are provided in the comfort of their homes. An average stay in an out-of-home hospice center is 22 days and average length of hospice care in the patient’s home is 65 days. Here are some services to consider.
Baptist Trinity and Home Care places skilled nursing staff in homes to help patients move from one area to another and perform activities of daily living. Staff is also trained to provide caregiver education about how to position bed-bound patients and provide care. This organization also manages a facility called Baptist Trinity Hospice, where patients can get care on-site.
Methodist Hospice offers an array of options for services. Hospice staff will travel to whatever setting the patient is in, including their homes. The organization also offers a lovely facility called Methodist Hospice Residence where seriously ill patients can get quality care and family caregivers can get a break. The program offers services to support the whole family, including bereavement support groups.
Right at Home Memphis East is a mobile hospice care provider that provides services at home. The care coordinators develop a custom care plan for each patient. Caregivers are carefully selected to meet the needs of each family. Each caregiver is trained, insured, and bonded. Right at Home was awarded the Best of 2016 Award for In-Home Senior Care by SeniorAdvisor.com.
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