What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care or end-of-life care is also known as ‘Comfort Care’. The objective is to reduce sufferings of a dying person as much as possible while respecting his last wishes. Hospice care not only takes care of medical needs of a terminally ill person, but also covers psychological and spiritual needs. Besides, no normal human being will wish to die alone and will like someone around when the end is near. So, hospice care has to cover physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity.
Right Time for Hospice Care:
1. When no further treatments is available and cure is no longer possible.
2. A terminally ill patient faces increase in pain, nausea, and breathing difficulties.
3. When the patient has accepted the inevitable and wants a comfortable and peaceful death at the end.
4. When the patient wants to spend remaining time with family members at home or in a home like environment rather than suffer in hospitals.
5. When the patient needs help with daily personal activities like bathing, drinking, walking, eating and talking.
1. Hospice care services have to be available 24 hours 7 days a week. A nurse has to be around any time during day or night for support and care.
2. Hospice care is not limited to cancer patients but is available for all life limiting illnesses.
3. Hospice serves everyone, regardless of ability to pay. The cost of hospice care is generally paid through medical insurance.
4. Hospice services are generally provided in your own home or in a hospice center having home like environment.
5. Hospice care services are not for senior citizens only. These are available to people of all ages who are terminally ill.
6. Hospice care also provides grief support to the relations of dying person both before and after death.