Having Hard Conversations
Having the conversation about Hospice care is incredibly challenging in any circumstance. Although it is difficult, this process can be incredibly empowering for both the patient and the caregiver. Knowing what your loved one wants in end of life care can reduce difficult decision making during end-of-life.
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine put together a video to educate those with serious illness on the benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care.
It’s hard to ground people in the reality that, at all stages of life, people unfortunately die. Hospice giveshope to those who are experiencing this reality- it does not diminish it. The target simply changes- the terminal patient may now hope for closure with a loved one, hope for a peaceful passing or financial stability. They hope to spend their remaining time with family and friends or traveling or finishing a bucket list. Again, Hospice is this philosophy of care that focuses on comfort. If a patient or caregiver is ready, we can help them maximize the time that they have left.
Every patient’s Plan of Care will be matched to their unique goals for comfort. Patients, caregivers and family members are at the center of the decision-making process and are never alone.