Hospice Offers Comfort Near the End of Life

Holding handsWhen people are facing a serious illness, they often reach a stage when their body no longer responds to curative medical treatments. At that point, their focus may shift from fighting the disease to making the most of the time that remains.

Hospice of the Prairie & Prairie Home Health offers the following facts about hospice – a model of care that provides comfort and support to patients and their families:

  • Hospice neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Rather, it addresses patients’ symptoms with a special emphasis on controlling pain and discomfort.
  • Patients can receive care in a number of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes or a residence. Services are often covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, but it’s important to ask in advance.
  • An interdisciplinary team supports patients and their families. This team consists of physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains, counselors, therapists and volunteers.
  • The team works closely with patients and their families to develop a personalized care plan. Family members may be trained to help with feeding, bathing, turning, administering medications and monitoring changes in condition.
  • Members of the team are specially trained to foster communication and deal with fear and loneliness. Families continue to receive support and counseling after their loved one has passed away.
  • Although the majority of patients are older, hospice can serve any age group. Many hospices offer clinical staff with expertise in caring for children.

For information on pain management, call Hospice of the Prairie & Prairie Home Health at 620-227-7209.

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