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By Shawn Turcotte
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Tips for Hospice Caregiver

As a caregiver, hearing the doctors say there is nothing else they can do can be heartbreaking. The most important part of your job is now in full force. It is time to focus on comfort rather than cure. It is time for hospice. Now is the time for the family to gather together and do everything they can to make sure Mom is taken care of. For you, it means you need time to be a daughter, son, or granddaughter and not just a caregiver.

Ensure that Mom or Dad’s hospice care supports their wishes fully and brings them comfort. Enlisting professional help from the home care team at Home Instead Senior Care, West Edmonton is a step in the right direction. Our caring staff is highly-trained and offers assistance and comfort as you navigate through this challenging time of life.

4 Tips to Empower You as a Hospice Caregiver

You may feel like your job is overwhelming, and it can be. However, you have the power you need to make it through this trying time. Here is where you can start:

  • Accept that you are now a caregiver. It may seem like an odd suggestion, but in reality, you are probably doing much of what is required already. For example, if you cook, clean, transport, problem solve, or advocate for your senior, you are acting as a caregiver. If you provide companionship, pay their bills, run their errands, then you are a caregiver. The point is to accept your role. It can be a very empowering step.
  • Educate yourself on your loved one's condition. This can be tough if you have not been invited to conversations with your senior’s doctor, but it is vital. Try to learn about their diagnosis and treatment. See if you can get your loved one’s permission to speak with their medical team about your concerns. Having access to their medical information may prove crucial when emergencies strike.
  • Review legal documents (or have them created). It is imperative that you are able to make decisions for your senior. It also helps to have their treatment wishes set out. Talk with your aged loved one about setting up the appropriate documentation so that you can continue their care with confidence.
  • Seek out help now. Bringing Mom into your home will bring its own challenges. If she wants to remain in hers, there are other issues to contend with. In either case, seek out family, friends, and professionals to assist you in making the load lighter. For instance, a caregiver from Home Instead can give you a much-needed break with respite care.

Engage End-of-Life Caregiving Help from Home Instead Senior Care

Now is the time to make the most of each moment with your mother or father. While they need to be made as comfortable as possible, you need support and the tools necessary to ensure this happens. Get assistance with hospice care or nursing care from the caring team at Home Instead Senior Care in West Edmonton. There is no reason you should face the caregiver battle alone. We can design a tailored, in-home care plan that supports you and benefits all family members.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 and book an in-home consultation today. If you’re looking for compassionate, quality senior care for your senior loved one, our team of trained caregivers in West Edmonton is here to help.


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