How Does Hospice Work at Home
When someone you love is in need of end-of-life care, it is important to select the care option that aligns with his or her personal wishes. Many express a desire to live out their final phase of life in the comfort of their own home, versus a hospice care facility. This option provides comfort care to the patient as well as support to the family as they proceed through the end-of-life stages at the side of their loved one.
So how exactly does hospice work within the home? Before deciding on home hospice care it is helpful to have a clear understanding of what services to expect from the hospice provider, and to gather the information prior to a health crisis so there is time to make appropriate plans and prepare the family emotionally.
What to Expect with Home Hospice
Once a doctor has made the decision to refer the patient to hospice care, the family then begins the process of selecting hospice care services. There is much to understand about what hospice care at home does and does not provide. Because of Medicare-driven care limitations, it is good to ask questions about the specific care services that will be included.
In a typical home hospice environment, the level of care is dependent on the physical state that the patient is currently in, and is adjusted as things progress toward the end of life. A doctor will oversee the patient’s medication needs and provide a care plan, and the hospice nurse will monitor the patient’s physical state on a regular basis. Administering medications may be the family’s responsibility in some hospice programs, while others include this service, so be sure to inquire about this service.
So, how does hospice work on a daily basis? The home hospice nurse along with home health aids will provide support for the patient and includes feeding them, bathing, managing infections and wounds, administering certain treatments, and ordering equipment as needed, such as a wheelchair, oxygen, or bedside toilet. The interdisciplinary hospice team can coordinate other social and spiritual services for the patient and family for added emotional support.
Ways that Home Hospice Care Provides Comfort
Just being in the privacy of one’s home environment can offer much solace to someone entering the final phase of life. Being in familiar surroundings with family close by takes much of the anxiety out of the process, versus being in a sterile inpatient facility. Because the hospice care team will be interacting with the family on a regular basis, gathering important information on the daily health status of their loved one, they can be much more responsive to providing timely aid for the developing healthcare needs of the patient.
As illness progresses it is common for medical intervention for the patient to be incrementally increased. The home hospice nurse will regularly communicate with the overseeing doctor to reassess medications and dosing in order to provide the highest comfort and pain relief possible for the patient. Knowing that help is just a phone call away is also comforting to the patient and the family, giving them a sense of security during a difficult time. At some point, 24-hour care will be prescribed for providing maximum nursing support.
Kinkaid Private Nursing Care Coordinates Premium In-Home Hospice Care
Kinkaid Private Nursing Care understands the many physical and emotional needs of an individual and their family at the end stages of life. The skilled hospice nursing team coordinated will provide compassionate care to the patient and relief and support to the family, allowing for a dignified end of life.
Added holistic services add an additional layer of care for the patient, such as massage, IV vitamin therapy, and guided meditation, providing that much more comfort. How does hospice work? With the professional and compassionate help from Kinkaid Private Nursing Care, it works beautifully. For more information, call Kinkaid Private Nursing Care today at (877) 388-6373.