Long-term and terminal illnesses affect not only individuals but their entire families. Whether the sick person will recover or not, they still need care and special attention. Most families don’t have the training or knowledge to be able to care for their seriously ill loved ones. When you choose to get the help of professional nurses and medical staff, your loved one gets better care. That gives you the time and opportunity to make memories together that you’ll always cherish.
Palliative Care Offers More Comfort
While hospice care is generally reserved for illnesses that are expected to be terminal, palliative care is for patients who face serious long-term conditions. These illnesses are generally long-lasting, with limited relief in the meantime. It can be emotionally draining and physically uncomfortable to be so sick for so long. Palliative care is all about providing soothing treatment and a sense of comfort. Unlike treatment in a hospital, which can be painful and distressing, palliative care is usually provided in the patient’s home. The patient who is sick can be in comfortable surroundings, around the people they love.
Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life
There’s no question about the fact that life is more difficult when you’re seriously ill. These long-term illnesses require a coordinated team to help meet the patient’s physical, nutritional, mental, and spiritual needs. Sick patients still need help with regular demands of life like remembering to pay bills and maintaining their home. The palliative care team helps to ensure that everything gets done. The coordination of care means that a nutritionist can develop the healthiest possible diet to accommodate the sick person’s dietary needs. Spiritual counselors can make it easier to deal with the complicated issues that can come up in the course of a long-term illness. Treating all the patient’s needs improves their quality of life.
Hospice Care is Compassionate
When doctors already know that a patient isn’t likely to ever recover from their illness, such in cases like incurable cancer, the care at home shifts from curative to hospice. Many people are afraid of the term hospice care because they have a lot of misconceptions about it. Hospice doesn’t speed up the dying process or drug people into unconsciousness. Instead, hospice care helps patients and their families to be more comfortable and to experience less pain. It’s more compassionate because the caregivers are specifically trained to focus on the needs of the patient in the sensitive end-of-life phase.
Hospice Care Preserves Dignity
End of life issues always bring up a lot of fear for patients and their families. People worry a lot about how they will react as they get closer to the end of their lives. Many people wonder if their emotional or physical reactions will be abnormal or inappropriate. Hospice care is specifically focused on the needs of the individual as they go through this experience. The specially trained nurses and other medical staff help the patients feel safe and at peace during this difficult time. By treating patients with respect and helping to alleviate their normal fears, it allows them to peacefully let go and face the end of life with grace and dignity.