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What Are The Facilities for Terminally Ill Elders


In many cases, a terminally ill individual will request to spend his/her remaining time in his/her own home. Indeed, it is common for hospice patients to shun the idea of entering into a facility or a hospital. In instances such as these, the family of a dying individual will be required to take on the care of the patient.

Hospices will offer home hospice services to patients who choose to remain in their own home and their families. However, some patients are not comfortable with the idea of dying in their homes. They may feel that this will be too difficult on their family. Otherwise, a patient may not want his/her family to assume the caregiver role.

In these cases, terminally ill individuals may choose to enter hospices. Hospices provide dying individuals with a secure and comfortable location to spend their final months. These facilities can be found in most major cities. In smaller or more rural communities, hospice patients may be relocated to hospitals or nursing homes in order to receive extended treatment from hospice caregivers. Hospices offer numerous advantages to hospice patients and their families.

When terminally ill individuals choose to enter hospices, they have access to essential and beneficial medical care at all times. If their symptoms worsen, a doctor or a nurse will be available to administer medication that will diminish any pain the patient is experiencing. While in a facility, hospice patients have access to services aimed at ensuring their comfort, including therapy, counseling, and spiritual guidance.

A physical therapist will often be on hand to assist hospice patients in remaining mobile. A patient will also have the ability to socialize with individuals experiencing similar situations. A terminally ill individual often feels isolated from his/her family, as they have not experienced the fear and anxiety that he/she is now facing, and this likely only to intensify in a paid facility. However, the ability to communicate with other terminally ill individuals about their feelings and experiences may help to provide a patient with some measure of relief and comfort.

When an individual enters a hospice facility, doctors and nurses become responsible for his/her care. Therefore, it is important for a family to ensure that a facility employs a medical staff that can more than adequately address the needs of their loved one. If it does not, the needs of the patients may go unmet.

In many cases, there are multiple hospice facilities within the same city. Before an individual enters into a hospice, he/she and his/her family should visit more than one location. One facility may have a more effective staff than another, or more suitable services to address the needs of certain patients. If a family locates a facility that they are comfortable with, this will allow them to continue spending time with their loved one without having to assume the role of caregivers.

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