Understanding Hospice Care
You may be providing care during a crisis, over the course of a long illness, from a distance, or while caring for others, such as children, as well. Caregiving involves many intertwined activities from the direct, hands on care of a person, looking after their environment, nurturing their social connections, and dealing with doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. Often, you may forget to care for yourself.
Palliative VS Hospice Care
Financial caregiving is a relatively new term describing everything from paying the occasional bill for someone to entirely managing their finances. It is very common for caregivers to begin with taking care of simple personal matters, but transition into providing financial care over time. This website will help you lay out the steps you need to care of the financial side of end of life care.
Understanding Care Giver Stress
Advance directive is both an umbrella term for defining and expressing how one wants to live and be treated and for state approved advance directive documents which allow you to specify those things and usually to appoint a person (an Agent who is appointed through a power of attorney) to speak when you are unable to speak for yourself.
What is hospice?
Hospice is a compassionate method of caring for terminally ill people. Hospice is a medically directed, interdisciplinary team-managed program of services that focuses on the patient/family as the unit of care. Hospice care is palliative rather than curative, with an emphasis on pain and symptom control, so that a person may live the last days of life fully, with dignity and comfort, at home or in a home like setting. Learn More
How does hospice work?
Hospice is for those persons who have a life expectancy of six months or less and can no longer benefit from curative treatment. Most hospice patients receive care at home and an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, social workers, aides and volunteers provides treatment. The hospice team provides medical care to the patient and support services to the patient and to the patient’s family and friends. Hospice does not attempt to cure, but rather to control pain and other symptoms in order to enable the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice addresses the medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the patients and their loved ones. Hospice is provided seven days a week. Patients routinely receive periodic in-home services of a nurse, home health aide, social worker, volunteer and other members of the hospice team.