Hospice care is a service provided by a team or a group of medical agents to help patients seek quality life and well being of patients with a life limiting terminal ailments. Hospice care focus on compassion human care for people in their last phase of incurable disease. The objective is for them to live comfortably,accepting death as the final stage. Hospice services are meant to treat the person rather than the disease. It is imposed when one can no longer be helped by medical or curative treatments.
Home health hospice care gives the necessary supportive care that relieves symptoms to improve quality of life. Being a family centered concern,members of the family in collaboration with the doctor are the key decision makers as to when the hospice service should begin. Often,one of the three parties,that is,doctor, patient or family member, may resist hospice because they might think that it is the last resort. This, in itself is not true since there is an allowance of leaving hospice to go and attend cancer or other chronic disease treatment. Hospice focus on offering quality in general in the latter days of advanced illness.
What are the various hospice care services? To control of pain and symptoms. This is geared towards helping a patient lead a comfortable life in order to enjoy life. The effects of pain,nausea or other kinds of discomforts are suppressed. The patient can thus enjoy life and participate in decision making.Home care and impatient care routine home care is needed as a hospice service to nurse,attend to and provide aides to patients. A continuous care is also critical to achieve palliation of acute medical symptoms. This is provided where the patient lives.
Spiritual care: This is set up to meet the specific needs of a patient where one is helped on the implication of death. It helps a patient to have a sense of purpose and enhance spiritual healing. Depending on the religion,the patient feel at safe hands on the spiritual being.
Cordination of care: The hospice team will not leave the patient alone. They arranges for a special supervision program that runs throughout, both day and night in the entire week. Each member of the team is scheduled with time of service provision to the patient.
Respite care: This is a short term inpatient care provided to patients with an aim of providing a break to the routine care-givers. This care normally happens to patients cared at home. Friends and families are allowed to offer care and hospice services.Family meetings.Often, the care-givers and doctors arranges for regular meetings to keep the members of the family updated about the health progress and what is expected. The meetings here gives everyone an opportunity to share feelings and what is needed with reference to the progress report. These meetings helps members of the family to get relief and stress. They also takes care of patient’s psychological healing.
Bereavement care: This is the mourning period after the loss. The hospice care team works with the surviving loved ones to help them through the grieving process.In conclusion, these processes among others focus on offering quality life in the latter days of advanced illness.