DYING AT HOME

Sometimes we have to tackle tough topics, but our business is a tough topic. This month, we’ll be focusing on hospice, but from the patient’s viewpoint.

It is a startling diagnosis when you receive the news that your illness is life-limiting. Not many people can understand what you are going through or what you have to face. There are so many decisions that have to be made and one of them is where you would like to receive care for the rest of the time you have left.

As we have mentioned before, around 70 percent of hospice patients receive care at home. Why? Because you are the most comfortable at home. Most people do not want to spend their last days in a medical facility. You want to be surrounded by your family, pet(s), and friends – the very things that make you happy and cozy. And this is important as you will have trying days ahead.

Receiving hospice at home is easy, but you do have some prep work ahead. There is paperwork you need to have in place (we wrote a blog post about those very documents) to help make the transition for your loved ones easier and for you to have you wishes granted in regards to the type of care you receive. You will also need to think about the person who is going to be your primary caregiver – spouse, child, friend, family member – and make sure they understand what your care wishes are.

Home deaths are less traumatic than dying in a medical facility. This may be because your caregiver is a loved one and they know you on a deeper, more personal level. It could be because you are in your home environment and therefore more comfortable.

Whatever you decide (or however your life-limiting illness dictates how it will go), realize that you are not alone. We are here to help you and your loved ones with any questions you may have. Call us at 1-480-426-0255 to talk to someone about your choices and to understand more about hospice care.

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