End of life care requires tenderness, patience and above all, respect. All people deserve to live and die in dignity, but when aging takes its toll and health begins to decline, it becomes very difficult for many seniors to live independently or fully. However, this should not affect the quality of life a senior citizen can obtain.
Hospice can provide elderly loved ones with the care they require not just medical, but emotional, mental and spiritual. Of course, when you are considering placing a beloved family member in the care of others, you will and should demand reliable, professional and devoted medical care. But end of life care is about more than the physical body; it is about preparing for what is to come and addressing the inevitability of it all in comfort, surrounded by loved ones.
Quality medical care is vital:
Patients admitted into these types of homes often require intensive, round-the-clock care, which is difficult for families to provide on their own. The sons and daughters of the elderly have professional and personal responsibilities that can take away from the care they can or want to provide for their aging parents; it’s an unfortunate reality of our demanding world. But health care professionals within a dedicated setting can provide loved ones with the attentive care needed, from medicine management to hygiene to dietary needs.
End of life care is personal:
It is critical to understand that aging is about more than physical decline; it is about creating order in your life and enjoying your final years, months, weeks and days with the people who matter most to you. Hospice centers know this and can provide mental and emotional care as needed, from therapists to psychologists. Individuals who require special religious rites as part of their end of life care can also see that these rituals are attended to; special rest homes, such as a Jewish hospice, know exactly what is required for the devout and assist with end of life care within the context of Judaism.
Aging affects the entire family:
Aging and death are not isolated within the patient’s experience, but rather affect the entire family. Hospices understand this and can help a family work with the senior citizen in their life, ensuring the care of loved ones and the inclusion of family throughout the end of life process. After the passing of a patient, many homes will also provide surviving family with bereavement services to help cope with their loss.
It is never easy to decide to put a family member in an end of life care center, but it’s important to understand that health care needs should be met, and the dying process is one that requires delicacy.