Hospice Care for Your Loved One
Hospice Care in Tucson & Phoenix, AZ from Total Care Connections
There will come a time when your loved one/patient may develop a serious illness such as lung, heart, or kidney diseases, Alzheimer’s, various types of dementias, stroke, neuromuscular disease, or some other terminal illness. When efforts to cure these illnesses are no longer working or have become harmful instead of being helpful, it may be that they are becoming appropriate for hospice care. You may notice your loved one has made multiple trips to the E.R or may have been admitted many times and they may have temporally been stabilized but the illness continues to get worse. You may notice now they want to remain at home instead of going back to the hospital and may no longer want to treat their diagnosis. If you notice your loved one is getting weaker and is declining, it is always a good idea to inquire about hospice care to see if your loved one/patient may be qualified for this service.
On one occasion, I was caring for Mrs. T, who was put on hospice and with the use of these tips above, she lived for two years on hospice care. From the care of the professionals of the hospice agency and the detailed care from the caregivers, she lived her last two years of life in comfort and didn’t get one bed sore in these two years. On good days, we would take her to the dinner table so she would feel like everything was normal and so that she could hear us visit. Even though she couldn’t communicate, she felt important. Her daughter was so happy to come in and see her mom’s hair done, nails painted, fresh makeup, clean, laundry completed, fresh ice water, pillows positioned, and a dignified and comfortable living environment for her Mom. Her mom couldn’t speak for herself so, in this case, we thought for her and the daughter would get emotional and say, “thank you so much for taking such good care of my mom. It is such a blessing to see her always looking so beautiful.”
Before she got sick, she always would dress to the nine and even though she was no longer speaking, I know she knows all we did for her and I believe this why she kept hanging in there.
Being able to provide care for someone in the last stages of their life is a privilege. Let’s take it seriously and do all that we can to make the last moments of their life the best moments of their life.