What Happens in Hospice

Making the decision to provide hospice care for a loved one is complex and heart-wrenching, at best. Understanding exactly what happens in a hospice facility, or what hospice care involves can sometimes help ease any concerns you may have.

First and foremost, please remember that your loved one is not left alone, in pain. Nor are they allowed to simply just be there, alone, to die. There is always someone there to help comfort them – mind, body and soul.

When the time has finally come, and the decision is made to put a family member into hospice care, do so knowing that the care is complete. Hospice care provides medical care for the dying patient — although it does not specifically assist them in dying — as well as psychological and physical care.

Arrangements will be made to bring your loved one into the hospice care facility that has been chosen. With the knowledge of what is going on medically for your loved one, a team of hospice workers will be assigned to the new patient.

Psychologists that are available will help the family deal with the guilt and other issues that they may feel. These services can help family members deal with the unique circumstances surrounding hospice care, as well as help them through the grieving process.

Social workers will help coordinate the benefits needed to make the dying person as comfortable as possible. Whether that means dealing with different area agencies for the elderly, or the Veteran’s Affairs — or anything in between — the social workers will help.

Of course, there is another important element when considering hospice options — the medical personnel. What the medical team does for your loved one will determine how comfortable they will feel as they start their journey to leave.

Each member of the medical team must pay attention, and provide empathy for the hospice patient. As the patient begins to fail more, seeing to their comfort as the doctor orders is something that these personnel have learned to do well.

If family members wish to be included in part of the hospice role, they can do so — and the medical team can fill in as respite help, within the hospice itself. Keep in mind that once the patient is placed into the hospice for care, the illness — whatever it is — will not be treated in order to save their life. Medical care is provided to keep the patient as comfortable as possible during this difficult time.

There are a lot of things that can be included when talking about what happens in a hospice setting. Family inclusion, social worker care, psychological consults and most importantly, the medical team — all of these things make for a list that has to be carefully considered.

Watching a family member die is one of the most devastating things to go through — but making the process peaceful is important for everyone involved. In order for patients to be at peace, and to help them remain calm on a daily basis, family members are encouraged to visit as often as possible. Patients love the kind touch of a family member as their time arrives — and hospice care allows them to have it.

To learn more about hospice care, and find a hospice care facility near you, visit www.GeriCareFinder.com today.

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  1. hospicecustomer
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    When my wife enter a hospice facility for pain management, she could converse, walk short distances with a walker, bath herself with a wash cloth, fed herself, sit up, watch TV, sit in a chair, look at a newspaper, etc. With a little help, she could take care of her basic needs. A few hours after entering a hospice facility, hospice managed to turn her into a bedridden zombie that can no longer do any of these things. Since she has been here, hospice has fed almost nothing her nothing and has given her little to drink. Actually, they almost immediately put her in a condition where she could not eat and could only occasionally drink small amounts. Of coarse they blame this rapid, almost instantaneous, decline on her. Hospice claimed that it was completely innocent of this immediate decline. After I complained, hospice reduced the medication, so now my wife can tell someone that she is thirsty, hungry, or in pain. Unfortunately, hospice had weaken her so much that she remains an invalid. Hospice’s policy seems to be to get the patient to the morgue as quickly as possible. It seems to be practicing a form of covert euthanasia. I am convinced that hospice has taken days if not weeks off my wife’s life. Don’t let hospice get its hands on anyone you love — especially at one of its facilities.

    • Hospice Observer
      Posted August 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      I know what yu mean, hospicecustomer. I, too, believe that during the brief time that caring family memers were not there, they misconstrued my aunt’s actions and began giving her the lethal cocktail to turn her into a vegetable in less than 24 hours. Before then, she was eating, drinking, watching tv, interacting with us just as if she was getting better, although the doctors who gave up 0n her said she was getting worse. I checked and the dosage they gave her was WAY too much! This prticular facility had people in it that didn’t care. It would have been better if she had been able to be at home and a CARING family member was there 24-7, and understood the strength of the dosage. If a caring family member had been there–I mean, she was left alone for a very short time while the family member went to freshen up. During that time, a different shift of medical staff came on board and they weren’t aware that she had trouble commnicating due to an extensive surgery she’d had on her throat some years ago. When they couldn’t understand her, she became frustrated, and being very demonstrative with her hands, she started moving them about and they thought she was having a fit or something so they gave her a very heavy dose of the lethal cocktail and…Still, I believe it’s like you said “Hospice’s policy seems to be to get the patient to the morgue as quickly as possible. It seems to be practicing a form of covert euthanasia.” I am convinced that hospice took days if not weeks off my aunt’s life. “Don’t let hospice get its hands on anyone you love — especially at one of its facilities.”

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