Discussions around end-of-life are very difficult to have, talking about the possible loss of a loved-one can be unthinkable yet very necessary, before having to make last minute decisions. Understanding how end-of-life looks from a hospital bed or from home are two choices that many are faced with at some point in their lifetime. Sometimes we are faced with the ultimate choice – weighing the benefits of a certain course of treatment against the burdens of that treatment. Sometimes what matters most isn’t more time, but the ability to more fully enjoy the time we have with those we love. While advanced medical care can do wonders for those suffering from a life-limiting illness, it can also become counterproductive, exhausting, and financially draining.
If you or a loved one is simply tired of hospital visits or your health continues to worsen despite aggressive treatments, you may want to consider hospice. Traditional medicine treats a disease, while hospice on the other hand attends, with compassion and respect to the whole person-physically emotionally and spiritually. Hospice is an alternative to end-of-life in a hospital ICU. Most hospice services are provided in your home with highly trained staff including, physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants and social workers to name a few. Hospice staff visit on regular scheduled basis to meet each patient’s individual needs so that you or your loved-one can remain at home. Treatments are chosen based on the patient and family values and beliefs and grief support is available for all involved-even after your loved one passes.
Understanding hospice prepares patients and families for what is ahead. If you’re faced with end-of-life healthcare decisions, you don’t’ have to go at it alone. CompassionCare Hospice is here for you. If you have questions about hospice, our unique crisis care program, or CompassionCare call us today, 702-636-0200
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