Hospice Care – it’s a term you have likely heard, but you may be unsure of what it is, who it helps, and what it does. Hospice Care is for those who are nearing the end of a terminal illness that cannot be healed. The goal is to make them as comfortable as possible during their final days. Here is a basic overview of Hospice:
When is Hospice Recommended?
A primary care physician will generally recommend and provide a referral for Hospice Care when an individual has less than 6 months to live, has declined treatments to extend their life, or when their quality of life is in rapid decline.
Where Does Hospice Occur?
Hospice care typically occurs at home. However, it can also be carried out in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or at designated hospice centers.
What Does Hospice Do for Its Patients?
A team will create a plan for the person in its care and for their family members. The goal is to ease pain and relieve symptoms of illness.
Any requisite medical equipment will be provided. Regular check-ups from doctors or nurses will be carried out and aides can assist with personal care. A team member will be available for contact 24 hours a day.
How Does Hospice Help Family Members?
The loved ones of those in hospice care will be kept up-to-date with the individual’s status and be informed about what to anticipate as death nears. Hospice in the home is often chosen by the patient because it is comforting. Additionally, friends and family can visit and spend time easily. This affords families to make the most of their time together.
Aside from the care the patient receives, Hospice offers counseling and spiritual guidance that will help to prepare the family for the patient’s death. This helps to make the Hospice period and grief after the loss, less overwhelming and complicated.
Given that death is on the horizon, families may wish to prepare for the funeral ahead of time. Hospice can provide a family with sufficient time to talk about their loved one’s end-of-life wishes with him or her. Starting funeral planning ahead of death can help to mitigate the stress of arranging a burial while simultaneously struggling with loss.
Saying Goodbye is Never Easy, Even if You Have Time to Prepare
Knowing that a loved one’s time is limited, doesn’t necessarily make their passing any easier when the time does come. We will never truly be ready to say goodbye.
At Star of David Memorial Chapels on Long Island, New York, we are here to answer any questions you may have about Jewish funeral services and planning. Please get in touch with us at 631-454-9600.