It is important for seniors and their caregivers to understand end of life care options, like hospice or palliative choices. Sometimes life ends unexpectedly. But for many seniors, the end of life comes with warning signs and happens slowly. Although difficult to discuss, it is important for seniors and their caregivers to understand all of their options.
End of life care is unique because it is specifically for people who are nearing the end of a terminal disease or condition. The goal of end of life care is not rehabilitation or to cure an illness, but to support individuals as they wish until they pass away.
A number of diseases and conditions can lead to end of life care. Patients with terminal cancer diagnoses may begin end of life care when they decide to stop seeking treatment for cancer, for example. Chronic illnesses, organ failure, and neurological diseases are other examples of conditions that may lead to end of life care.
Medical professionals will often consult with patients and their caregivers when they believe end of life care is warranted. For hospice care, patients generally must be considered to be within 6 months of death.
Teams of medical professionals and caregivers often work together to provide end of life care. Hospice care is often performed by a team in a facility or in the home. Palliative care is usually provided in a hospital or medical facility. Our healthcare team at Promyse Home Care is available to offer palliative care and hospice support to those at the end of their life.
There are many factors to consider regarding end of life care. Seniors and their loved ones should make decisions based on questions like:
Our team at Promyse is always respectful of your loved one’s wishes and will honour their privacy and dignity. We feel that end of life care at home in a comfortable and familiar environment is important. Call us to talk about how we can help your family with hospice care.