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A Guide To Hospice Care
In modern times, a hospice is a specialist nursing home where residents can receive specialist treatment in the final days of their life. The emphasis is on 'home' and the atmosphere of a hospice is bright, peaceful and friendly, far away form the clinical environment of a hospital. The staff are all highly trained doctors, nurses counsellors, care assistants and religious community leaders. They are there provide for every need of a resident in their final days and to make the transition from life to death as easy as possible.
How to choose a hospice
The questions you need to ask might include the following:
Dealing with your emotions
Choosing a hospice is a very difficult and emotion decision, mainly due to the fact that you may have cared for your elderly relative for a long period of time and do not want to face up to the fact that he or she is going to die in the hospice. Hospices are well aware of the emotions involved and will allay your fears and unwillingness to face the facts. Hospices are designed to fully support the family as well as the elderly person who will go to stay there.
A common fear that many carers have is that their elderly relative will be going into a hospice before is necessary. You should remember that the very fact that you are considering it, means that it is probably the right time. You will know first hand that old age and illness take their toll and there has to be an end at some point. By the time they are ready to go into a hospice, they are usually a shadow of the person you once knew and loved and hospice care can help you to let go, say goodbye and come to terms with the loss.
Many hospices will allow you to continue to help administer care to your elderly relative, but with the one big difference that qualified and experienced staff are on hand to give you support and to take over if needed. They are there to keep the patient as comfortable as possible, but also to help you. They will understand your need to continue providing care, but also understand that you need time to yourself to rest and reflect. Whenever you leave, you will know that your elderly relative is in the best hands possible.