Promoting Quality of Life at Every Stage of Life: How Hospice Can Help
Feb 27, 2018 02:18PM
● By Jan Jones, RN
Considered to be the model for quality, health care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support, tailored to an individual’s health care needs and wishes. Support and guidance is also provided to a patient’s family members. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care. Hospice staff are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What services are provided? The hospice team will help:
Manage the patient’s pain and symptoms
Address the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs
Provide medication, medical supplies and equipment
Coach the family on how to care for the patient
Grief and bereavement support for surviving family and friends
When should I ask about Hospice?
If you or someone you know is living with a serious illness and experiencing:
Change in goals of care
Change in health prognosis
Decline in medical condition
The need for more information about health care options
The decision that comfort, care and quality of life matter most
Then it’s time to talk with your doctor or a trusted healthcare provider to see if hospice is right for you.
Jan Jones, RN, is president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 95,000 patients and families throughout San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County. Comprehensive services are available to adults and children impacted by serious illness, grief and loss. For more information, visit ElizabethHospice.org.