We are Mortal. We’re born, we live, we make our mark and, when it’s time, we die.
Though the time and circumstances are particular to each of us, we bear the prospect of death in common. We suffer as we watch our loved one decline and feel we are powerless to spare him or her.
If you have chosen to read this article, you and your family are probably facing some challenging healthcare decisions. It may be hard for you to talk about death or know what to do next. Perhaps you feel alone and like you are losing control: you are confused by the information you are getting, medical interventions happen before you have a chance to understand them, and you are probably worried about money. It is unclear who is in charge… but it certainly doesn’t feel like you are.
When we feel overwhelmed, we reach for what we know best and what is most dear to us. Families are our safety nets and sources of strength.
Hospice programs help family members understand, prepare for, and support each other through a final illness. With sound medical advice, hospice helps families make the choices that are right for them. It teaches family members how to confidently give the best care possible. When death comes, hospice continues to care for family members in their grief.
Knowledgeable nurses are hands-on clinicians as well as the communication bridge to physicians and other healthcare providers. Hospice professionals assisting vulnerable patients and patient family members are often seen as “angels” and are trusted explicitly as they help families to make sense of the unknown, console them during times of burden and loss and step in where others may not be able too.
Hospice care depends on your family members coming together, each doing their part. Hospice staff, ideally, are not there to “take over;” rather, they are to teach and support. Although many may not know it, you and other family members can give amazing care, and hospice nurses assist in unlocking this potential, whilst supporting.
In moments of medical crisis, you can be confident that you can reach a hospice nurse and get a prompt response. When stress mounts, hospice staff provide practical assistance and assist you in finding the help you need. Focused support during grieving lasts as long as necessary after the death of a loved one.
Our Nursing Staff, assisting during acute times of stress and vulnerability, can start to feel like members of the family. Should you have any queries about how we operate, or wish to give feedback on your personal experience with Hospice and our staff, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org