Having conversations about death and dying are uncomfortable for most families. When a loved one’s doctors begin to talk about hospice care, family members face a roller coaster of emotions. If they’ve not had the conversation about death, dying, and final wishes by this time, it’s not too late to have it. While it may be a difficult subject to broach, family members will want to know their loved ones’ wishes and desires about how they want to spend their final weeks and days, as well as their expectations for their final arrangements.
Serious or prolonged illnesses can leave some people without the ability to talk or communicate their wishes for their medical needs, such as continuing or withdrawing medical treatments at the end of their lives. Advance care planning refers to the written instructions or discussions that family members have if a member of the family becomes ill and can’t speak for themselves. Most people make those decisions based upon their personal values, preferences, and input from other family members.
Advanced care planning includes getting information on the types of treatments that sustain life and leaving a record of which of them you would want if you are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. It’s important that you be clear in communicating your wishes with other family members. Inform family members on where to find advanced care instructions so that they can find them when needed.
The Alamo Service Connection Network of Care is a part of the Aging and Disability Resource Center that serves the city of San Antonio and all of Bexar County. The Area Agency on Aging provides this service as a resource for information, referral, and assistance for seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and their families. The call center helps families navigate and coordinate services.
A quick search of their database on hospice care yields 46 hospice care agencies in Bexar County with 27 hospice agencies right in San Antonio.
Alamo Hospice considers it a privilege to provide end-of-life care and because of this commitment, they regularly evaluate the performance of their employees. Alamo Hospice lets patients know that they have a choice between stopping or continuing aggressive treatment and informing them about what the transition to comfort care looks like. Hospice typically starts when life expectancy reaches the six-month mark, but staff at Alamo Hospice helps families make decisions about whether it’s appropriate for hospice care to begin before or after that time.
This hospice care home is not widely advertised due to the small size. Ann’s Place doesn’t have a website, but they do have a Facebook page. The center provides home care and hospice care for up to three elderly military veterans.
Integrity Senior Care wins the 2016 Best of Senior Living award for in-home care by SeniorAdvisor.com sumer reviews. This service provides personal care, medication management, meal preparation, housekeeping, and companionship.
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