Beginning hospice care, and supporting a loved one as they do so, can be a challenging step. A lot of that uncertainty can come because you might not understand everything that in home hospice care entails.
Let’s talk about what you can expect from hospice care in the Twin Cities area, and what that means for your entire family.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a unique treatment that caters to those experiencing terminal or end-stage sicknesses and conditions. It aims to improve the well-being of the individual, as well as their caregivers, treating the symptoms of the illness rather than the illness itself.
Hospice is often confused with palliative care. It’s a common mistake as both will do everything in their power to relieve symptoms, treat side effects, and help the patient live well for the rest of the time they have. Hospice care, however, is tailored toward patients with illnesses that are deemed terminal and have a set amount of time left.
Hospice care can be in-home, on-campus, or even a mix of the two. Whether you or your loved one would prefer or need to stay at a campus or would prefer the comforts of their home around the Twin Cities, we cater to patient’s needs.
One thing that makes hospice care really special is its family-focused approach. While still providing top-tier care to the patient, it also involves the family in a significant way.
In hospice care, the family gets an active role in the treatment of the patient, as well as the decision-making process. This hands-on approach allows for more interaction between loved ones in the patient’s last phase of life.
Research has shown that patients who had involved family members felt better cared for, more at ease, and more at peace overall with the nature of hospice care.
Hospice also offers bereavement care for surviving family members. After your loved one passes away, hospice will provide grief counseling for family members who need it in and around the Twin Cities.
Bereavement support can involve appointments with professional counselors, a spiritual leader, or other trained hospice staff. These in-person and over-the-phone appointments often last for as much as a year after the loved one has passed away.
Contact Sholom Today
Have you been considering hospice care for yourself or a loved one in the Twin Cities area?
There’s no such thing as getting prepared too soon, and Sholom would love to have the opportunity to work with you. Please feel free to contact us, whether you’re ready to make a decision or if you simply have more questions about hospice care.