People can live for decades with diabetes, but controlling end-stage diabetes can be challenging. While diabetes may not be the overwhelming factor in the decline of their health, it's not uncommon for diabetic patients to also have significant other illnesses such as cardiopulmonary disease, cancer or dementia. Together, these health concerns can cause your loved one to need additional support as the diseases complete their natural progression. Caring for someone with end-stage diabetes often includes less rigorous management of their blood sugar than in the past and more focus on the comfort of the patient and their quality of life.
Receiving a serious or terminal diagnosis could indicate that hospice care is needed in the future. It’s important to know that hospice care is not synonymous with dying. With a terminal diagnosis, death may not occur for months or even years.
Discussing end of life wishes feels uncomfortable at best, but these conversations are crucial to ensure your wants are honored during this meaningful and transformational time. Because this is a pressing question for many of our clients, we’d like to offer some advice for starting the conversation as well as some guidance regarding what to… Read More »
While the symptoms of multiple sclerosis may vary between individuals, late-stage MS is evidenced by a marked reduction in mobility and increased dependence on others for the most basic of life functions. Early stages of MS may begin with simple muscle weakness, difficulty speaking, tremors or dizziness and these symptoms increase in intensity over time. Understanding what happens during late-stage MS is vital to help provide a caring and safe environment for your loved one.