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Mar 01, 2023

Hospice Palliative Care: Celebrating Life and Providing Comfort [VIDEO]

Written By: Home Instead Vancouver
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At Home Instead Vancouver, we understand that discussing hospice palliative care can be emotionally challenging for families.

Every individual deserves a comfortable and dignified palliative care experience, and that is why we feel it is essential to debunk common myths and provide guidance on planning for end-of-life care.

In this video, Kim Lepp, owner of Home Instead Vancouver, discusses how hospice palliative care can bring comfort and support to families and their loved ones during this difficult time.

"The hospice palliative care philosophy focuses on quality not quantity. The emphasis is on living comfortably and with dignity. It's not about counting the days but celebrating the life we've lived and making the most of every moment.' ~ Larry W. Parsons

Why Hospice Palliative Care Is Important

Hospice palliative care is important because it provides comfort, support, and dignity during a person's final moments of life. It focuses on improving the quality of life of both the patient and their loved ones by alleviating pain and managing symptoms.

Hospice care is designed to make the transition as peaceful as possible, allowing the patient to spend their remaining days in a comfortable and familiar environment, surrounded by loved ones. It also allows the patient to reflect on their life and to make peace with their passing.

With advanced care planning and the support of trained Care Pros, hospice palliative care can provide immense emotional, spiritual, and physical relief to those who need it most.

Debunking Common Myths

At Home Instead Vancouver, we want to debunk some common myths surrounding hospice palliative care:

  • Myth 1: Having palliative care means giving up. In reality, it is about preparing oneself for a better end.
  • Myth 2: Family caregivers are on their own. In fact, they have access to physicians, nurses, social workers, and spiritual advisors who can help them through the process.
  • Myth 3: Patients can't keep their own doctor. Actually, hospice doctors work closely with regular doctors to ensure continuity of care.
  • Myth 4: Hospice care is only available in hospitals. In reality, hospice care can be provided anywhere, including at home or in an assisted living facility.
  • Myth 5: Receiving hospice care means the end is near. In fact, hospice care can be provided to anyone who has a disease and may have longevity of six months or more.
  • Myth 6: We shouldn’t tell mom or dad they’re passing away. It's really important to be honest with your loved ones and allow them the opportunity to prepare themselves for the end.

Planning for End-of-Life Care

At Home Instead Vancouver, we stress the importance of advanced care planning. This planning ensures that families can communicate with their loved ones and understand their wishes for the last few months of their lives.

We understand that this is an emotional process, and we encourage families to plan in advance.

In this Hospice Palliative Care booklet, you can find additional information on how to plan for end-of-life care.

Download it here:

Call Us To Book A Complimentary Care Consult

We believe that hospice palliative care is an essential part of ensuring a dignified and comfortable end-of-life experience.

If you are going through this process and have questions, call us at (604) 428-9977 for a Complimentary Care Consult.

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