End of Life Care in Perris, CA
Find out how end of life care from Comfort Keepers can help keep your loved one comfortable in their own home.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, there are a great many benefits to end of life or hospice care. One study noted in the publication found "patients in hospice are less likely to be hospitalized, to be admitted to the intensive care unit, or undergo invasive procedures." Further, nearly six times as many seniors who received end of life care were able to die with dignity in the comfort of their own homes instead of passing in a nursing home, hospital, or care facility. Sadly, despite the plethora of benefits that end of life care offers, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that "Many people access hospice care too late to fully take advantage of all this team-based, patient and family-focused model of care can offer."
Things to Know About End of Life Care
With this in mind, just what does end of life care offer?
Increased communication: One of the most important components to dying with dignity is the ability to have your voice heard and your wishes followed. Many seniors enter their final days, weeks, and months on the earth with severely compromised communication skills. Without an advocate, their voices may not be heard. This is why hospice care places a great emphasis on communication and making sure the senior understands what is going on and that the medical team understands the senior's wishes.
Continuity of care: Most times, seniors facing end of life situations have more than one event going on in their life. In fact, they may be dealing with dozens of different doctors, therapists, nurses, social workers, and non-medical staff all at the same time. The stress of dealing with all of these different people and trying to keep everything straight often becomes overwhelming. A major part of hospice care is improving coordination between the health care team, especially when the services are provided in the senior's home and not in a medical facility.
Time: Not all hospice care is medical in nature. Comfort Keepers, for example, provides non-medical supports so the family members can focus their time and attention on their senior loved one. In addition to ensuring a senior's personal care needs are met (eating support, toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing), caregivers can take care of housekeeping duties, laundry, meal preparation, and even running errands. By taking care of daily chores and living tasks, caregivers are able to significantly reduce the level of stress and anxiety in the household. Having skilled caregivers also improves a senior's safety at a time when they are most vulnerable, thus keeping seniors from harm, out of the hospital, and able to spend more time with their loved ones.
In short, end of life care is an important component to dying with dignity. For more information about hospice care in general or about how Comfort Keepers can help maximize your senior loved one's quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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