Dignity, respect, and emotional and physical comfort are basic human requests. Although a stranger can fulfill some of these needs – by opening a door or giving a smile – it is most often our friends and loved ones who can help to provide them.
A time may come in a loved one’s life, however, when a special level of care and comfort are needed. During these times when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments, hospice caregivers, like those at Freedom Home Care, can step in. According to the Hospice Foundation of America, hospice is not a place, but is instead a concept of care.
To understand what hospice is and what it can do for your loved one, the HFA provided the following:
- Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized know
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ledge of medical care, including pain management.
- The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity.
- Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members.
- Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient's pain and discomfort.
- Hospice deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient's family and friends.
- Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient's death.
To learn more about hospice and the services that Freedom Home Care can provide to your loved one, please contact us. We’re here to help.