If you are caring for a loved one who is under the long-term care of a physician, perhaps the last conversation you want to consider is one that includes the term end-of-life care or hospice. However, it’s important to understand the options and be able to make an informed decision should the need arise.
At Santé, we understand that emotions run deep and it may be a difficult topic to discuss. Our team of professional caregivers are always compassionate and understanding. Our doctors have recommended some signs to be familiar with that may mean your loved one is ready for hospice.
When Treatment is No Longer an Option
If your loved one has made the decision to no longer seek treatment for their condition, it is time to open the conversation about hospice. If their illness or disease has progressed to the point where there are no positive outcomes, doctors may recommend hospice as the best option for comfort for your family and your loved one. Hospice allows your loved one to live out their life with the high-quality care that they deserve, without the added pressure and stress of regular doctor visits.
When Your Loved One Has Less Than One Year to Live
Santé provides a caring final home for your loved one when doctors have determined that there are less than six months or one year left in their life. There are a variety of reasons for this recommendation to come from your physician, such as providing a way to ease the transition from life to death. This focus allows your family to focus on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of your loved one.
When the Pain Becomes Unbearable
If your loved one is in significant pain, Santé provides full-time care that provides comfort and dignity in their final days. An important part of this journey is the supportive team that provides a positive way to make each day count. Caregivers are able to administer pain relief medication swiftly to provide remediation before pain becomes severe.
Together, hospice and families provide a safe and loving environment to support your loved one during this difficult time of transition. Contact our professional staff today by calling 480-563-2402 for more information. Our Santé hospice team will take the time to answer any questions that you have about hospice care.