When your parent is ill and at the end of their life, chances are good you have done everything in your power to improve their comfort and quality of life through palliative care. Palliative care, like hospice, provides relief from the symptom of illness.
About Palliative Care
However, the focus is to improve quality of life. Palliative care does not center on a cure. Hospice care provides medication to keep your mother or father pain-free, however, quality of life is measured in a peaceful pain-free environment.
Your parent does not need to qualify for palliative care; however, a doctor must approve your parent for hospice care. Home health aides, like those who work at Assisting Hands Home Care, serve as hospice care assistance and work with the palliative care and hospice care team to ensure your parent has all of their needs met. In-home caregivers at this stage of life must be compassionate, caring individuals.
Caregivers to Supplement Hospice Care
Home care providers, like Assisting Hands Home Care will be called upon to multi-task with your parent. Caregivers will be a companion for your mother or father as well as for you. Often the hospice staff will need the elder care aide to be their right and left hands in lifting and turning your parent as well as changing, bathing, and other personal care tasks.
Not only will hospice provide a nurse and an aide to check on your parent, but you will also have your 24/7 home care staff as well. The hospice services allow your parent to remain at home with the family or to have the family at a comfortable facility with your parent.
The hospice assistance is for both your parent who is leaving this world and for the family that is saying their goodbyes. Mom or dad will be kept comfortable, and comfort may include sleeping or at rest. The experts know what the best pain management care will be for each senior.
When Hospice Care is No Longer Necessary
Medicare and Medicaid pay for hospice for six months. If your parent were to improve or hospice is no longer needed, they may be removed from the program. Removal from hospice care will allow your parent to return to the original medical care they previously had. Home care agencies suggest that while this is a rare occasion, it does happen and there can be hope.
Caregiver to Aid Hospice
Regardless if Mom or Dad needs a caregiver to supplement hospice, our caregivers can be there for them. Serving as a companion, cleaning, cooking, providing transportation, or other service, our home care services are customized to provide for your loved one’s needs.
Give us a call at (239) 221-6326 to schedule a free consultation regarding their needs and how our caregivers can help.