Hospice at Home: Dealing with Sensitive Emotions

Hospice at Home: Dealing with Sensitive Emotions 

When facing a life-limiting illness, the focus naturally shifts to ensuring comfort and maximizing quality time with loved ones. Hospice care plays a vital role in this journey, offering a comprehensive approach to support not just the patient, but also their entire support system. 

Facing a terminal illness and considering hospice care can be an emotionally charged experience. You or your loved ones might be dealing with a range of feelings, including: 

Sadness: Accepting the reality of the situation is difficult and brings feelings of profound sadness. 

Anger: Anger towards the illness itself or the unfairness of the situation is a common reaction. 

Fear: The unknown surrounding death can be frightening, raising anxieties for both the patient and family members. 

Guilt: Feelings of guilt, questioning whether all options have been explored, can arise. 

Remember, these emotions are normal and valid. It's crucial to acknowledge and address them openly and honestly, and by partnering with Greenstaff Homecare, you can get the support and guidance you need to make informed decisions. 

Benefits of Home Health Care: 

Choosing hospice care at home allows your loved one to spend their remaining time in the comfort and familiarity of their own surroundings, surrounded by family and friends. This can significantly contribute to their emotional well-being and sense of peace. 

While not the same as hospice care, in-home care can often be complementary. It provides: 

  • Assistance with personal care such as feeding, dressing and bathing. 
  • Fall monitoring 
  • Companionship 
  • Medication support 

In-Home care can help maintain your loved one's independence and comfort while managing their care needs at home. 

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What is Hospice Care? 

Hospice care goes beyond traditional medical treatment. It focuses on keeping your loved one comfortable, aiming to manage pain and symptoms to improve comfort and well-being. This care plan is personalized to each patient's needs and may include: 

  • Pain and symptom management: Medications, therapies, and other interventions tailored to individual needs. 
  • Emotional and spiritual support: Counseling and support for both the patient and their families. 
  • Social support: Assistance with daily living activities, companionship, and emotional support. 

Making the decision for hospice care: 

Navigating the decision to choose hospice care can be challenging. Open communication with your loved one, their doctor, and the hospice team is crucial. Greenstaff Homecare will work in conjunction with hospice to ensure your loved one’s care plan is followed properly.  

How to deal with family members who refuse hospice care: 

Open and honest conversation is key. Understand their concerns and educate them about the benefits of hospice care. Emphasize the focus on comfort, quality of life, and supporting the entire family during this difficult time. If needed, consider seeking guidance from a neutral third party, such as a counselor or social worker. 

What is the process to secure in-home care services at home? 

Please make a call to your local Greenstaff Homecare office and the local team will assess your loved one's needs and create a personalized care plan. This plan will outline the specific services and support provided at home. 

How can Greenstaff Homecare Help You? 

Greenstaff Homecare understands the emotional and logistical complexities surrounding hospice care. Our team of compassionate professionals are dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and their families in the comfort of their own homes. Reach out for experienced guidance, today.