When people think of hospice, they don’t think of home, but of a care facility. About 70 percent of people receive hospice at home – and that number continues to rise. As we’re sure many can agree, being at home is more comfortable. People opt to have hospice there for that very reason.
Another reason hospice care is received at the patient’s home is because family members want to spend as much time with their loved one as possible. Caring for them helps them feel connected and also that their loved one receives the best care possible. Our hospice team will always tell you that you know your loved one best and in times where they may not be able to communicate effectively, you are their voice. You will know when they need something.
Of course, the hospice care team is not just there for the patient, but for the caretaker(s) too. Most offer respite services, counseling, spiritual support, bereavement and grief support, and more. As well tell our clients:
Hospice patients are cared for by a team consisting of a physician, a nurse, social workers, counselors, home health aides, clergy, therapists, and volunteers. Each one provides assistance based on his or her own area of expertise. In addition, hospices provide medications, supplies, equipment, and other services related to the life-limiting illness.
Hospice providers will come in and assess the needs of you or your loved one to make sure that everything is provided for during this trying time.
No matter where you call home, we will come and serve you. Our own hospice administrator, Sharla Mwinyelle, explains it best!