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What is the Purpose of Hospice Care?


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

A Home Instead Caregiver reading to a senior at his hospice bed

When Mom has been diagnosed with an illness that limits her life expectancy, the term hospice care may come up. Many people think that the term indicates that the patient is dying. Instead, it is more of a philosophy of care that focuses on making the person comfortable and improving their quality of life.

Help your Dad enjoy the last months or years of his life when you seek the assistance of hospice care. The home care team from Home Instead Senior Care, West Edmonton is ready to help you and your loved one through this trying and sometimes scary time. We help your seniors get what they need during this challenging season of life.

Hospice Care: The Basics

Here are some basics of hospice care and how it can help you or a family member in a time of need:

  • What is hospice care? As noted above, this is a type of care that focuses on giving Mom a better quality of life while experiencing an incurable disease. It considers death as another phase of life.
  • When is hospice started? Once a doctor has determined that a patient is not expected to live over six months. It does not necessarily mean she will die, but that her chances of living past that time are limited. Once this prognosis is made, hospice care can begin.
  • What can you expect from hospice care? Depending on the circumstances, this type of care can be provided at home, in a hospital, or an extended-care facility. There are other aspects of this care, such as:
    • Spiritual care – This includes having their spiritual needs met through talking with a spiritual leader or progressing through a specific religious ceremony.
    • Family meetings – Family members are kept informed with regular sessions with a hospice nurse or social worker. This is a good way for the family to get some much-needed stress relief.
    • Respite care – When the care is being done at home, respite care gives family and friends a much-needed break. It allows for long weekends or to go to special events.
  • Hospice care is not the same as palliative care. Hospice is for patients entering the last phase of an incurable illness. Palliative care can be used for any stage of severe disease.

Hospice Care Ensures Your Mom Stays Comfortable through the End

End-of-life care does not have to be scary. Instead, when you reach out for help from the team at Home Instead Senior Care, you can get support with hospice care or respite care. You don’t have to face the caregiver battle alone. We work with you, your loved one, and your family on a tailored, in-home care that benefits all family members.

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

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