Your parent gave you the gift of life whether through birth and raising you or by guiding you throughout life. In his or her later years, you can give the gift of professional care. If your mother or father has been diagnosed with a severe or advanced illness that may require end of life care, this form of care may be palliative or hospice. Both care programs are similar and should be considered as a choice that enhances each day they have to spend with you, family and friends. The later years need not always be bedridden, medicated, and sad.
Palliative care may be the first step of the end of life care process that includes pain management for mom or dad to live more comfortably and participate in the activities that they enjoy. In fact, patients often get up each day and continue to work (volunteer) and visit with family and friends while shopping, eating out, and enjoying day-to-day creature comforts. Palliative care professionals are supportive and well trained in providing medication, of both traditional and holistic style, and encouragement to provide the extended life support. While palliative care is insurance and self-pay, hospice is covered differently.
Hospice care scares many as they believe it indeed identifies as care for those who are near death. For many individuals, once they enter hospice care they are beginning the end stages of life. Some others may revert and move out of this phase due to remission. However, late stage care under hospice can be very similar to palliative care, and for your mother or father, they may remain as active as they are able. Hospice care, however, is covered 100% under Medicare whether in a facility or if your loved one stays at home. The symptoms and pain are controlled, and your parent’s pain levels are maintained. End of life care is not only for your loved one, but for you and your family, as the grieving begins before the end.