Hospice Beloit WI
Nursing homes, Hospice
Hospice Care, In-home Care
S. Beloit, IL
Nursing homes, Hospice
Nursing homes, In home, Hospice
Loves Park, IL
By John Boden
It is the wish of many with terminal illnesses to live their last days with dignity, comfortably at home among the people and things they love. And because of hospice, this is possible.
Hospice care is a comprehensive program that focuses on pain control and the relief of symptoms rather than treatment aimed at a cure. The program includes supportive and palliative services intended to improve the meaning and quality of the patient's life. Professional hospice team members and trained volunteers work with the family or close friends by teaching them how to manage care for the patient and giving them the emotional support to do the job.
When Is It Time for Hospice?
Hospice programs care for persons in the last months of life. Persons choose hospice when they decide to stop curative treatment or there are no further treatment options. It is important for persons entering hospice to have:
• A family member or close friend willing to be the primary caregiver who provides and manages the care at home.
• An understanding of their prognosis, that they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and also an understanding of the types of services hospice does and does not provide.
• The cooperation of their own personal physician who is willing to work with the hospice team to provide care.
All of these components must be in place in order for hospice care to be effective in the home. It needs to be stressed that although hospice care offers a desirable alternative to conventional medical treatment for many people, it is not for everyone. A person who is still looking for a cure or one who does not want to work with a caregiving team is not a good match for hospice care.
What Services Does Hospice Offer?
Nursing care: A registered nurse coordinates the care of the patient and is the link between the patient, family, and physician. The nurse provides direct care, medications, pain and physical assessment, and educates the patient and family.
Social services: The social worker provides advice and counseling to the patient and family, assists the other care team members in understanding the family dynamics and assists the family in making use of community resources.
Physician services: The patient's physician approves the treatment plan and works with the hospice team. The medical director of the hospice program acts as a consultant and a resource to the patient's physician, the patient and the other members of the hospice team.
Homecare aide and homemaker services: Aides provide assistance with daily needs such as bathing, feeding, dressing, transferring, and toileting. Homemakers are available to prepare meals, run errands, and do light house keeping.
Spiritual support: Members of the clergy are available to visit and provide spiritual support to the terminally ill and their family at home.
Trained volunteers: Dedicated people who are trained in good listeni...