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It can be very hard to watch our beloved family members age; it’s even harder to accept that their conditions will worsen. Often, the right course of action seems to be consulting specialist after specialist after specialist, but at a certain point, the wisest choice may be to let your loved ones rest, preferably in the comfort of their own home.
In fact, a majority of people say they want to die at home, but only about 1 in 4 end up doing so. Hospice care can make sure that your loved one’s final moments are as peaceful as possible. To make this a reality, a hospice service will provide pain management and care for not just the patient, but for their family members as well. Under Medicare rules, optional follow-up grief support for a year is included. Across all areas of medicine, in home care is growing in popularity, but this is especially true for end of life care. A full 58.9% of hospice patients received in home care in 2014.
Hospice care provides many comforts for patients by integrating the medical expertise and access that a hospital would with the comfort of a familiar environment. However, there is always more that can be done to make the home a comfortable environment for hospice patients. Take a look at this list of suggestions for doing so:
If your aging loved one suffers from a type of dementia like Alzheimer’s Disease, then they may need additional support. Senior care management and Alzheimer’s care from Alzheimer’s caregivers is often the best thing you can provide your loved one with. Don’t be afraid to make this time better for them and everyone else involved in the trying weeks to come.