Having access to the right types of care does so much for your senior’s overall well-being, especially when she is at the end of her life. Hospice care providers have procedures in place that can help her to avoid hospitalization if at all possible. Here are just a few of the ways that they can help you to accomplish this for your senior.
Increasing Hospice Care Visits to Your Senior
Many people receiving hospice care don’t necessarily have the need for around-the-clock care. During times when symptoms increase or when your elderly family member’s health temporarily worsens, those visits from hospice care providers can increase, helping to keep her from needing to leave her home. The type of care necessary varies according to your family member’s needs.
Managing Symptoms as They Arise
One of the most important ways that hospice care helps your senior to stay out of the hospital is by finding ways to manage her symptoms safely. Those symptoms that might cause a medical crisis for your senior could include difficulty breathing, nausea, unrelenting pain, seizures, and more. All of these can be treated by medical experts at home for your senior, keeping her from having to go to the hospital for care.
Educating Everyone Involved about What’s Happening
During these types of crises, it can be difficult to understand what is happening. So much can feel out of control and it helps to have hospice providers there to explain and educate. That allows you and other family members to know what’s happening and how you can support your senior as she recovers right there at home. When you’re able to remain calm, it helps to promote an atmosphere of calm for your elderly family member, too.
Consulting with Medical Providers and Adjusting Care as the Situation Stabilizes
Hospice care is always consulting with your senior’s doctors to make sure that all necessary information is documented. During a crisis, it’s even more essential that your elderly family member’s doctors are kept up to date. If your family member truly does need to go to the hospital, it’s only because her medical team and the hospice team have deemed that it really is necessary.
Avoiding unnecessary hospitalization can go a very long way toward helping your senior to have the best quality of life in the time that she has left. As her situation stabilizes again, hospice care is able to ramp down care and visits to the amount of care your senior had before the crisis. This allows her to get back to her normal routine again as quickly as possible without having to face the complications of being discharged from the hospital and returning home.
Nobody enjoys going to the hospital, but for your aging family member, a trip to the hospital can be so stressful that it exacerbates her existing health issues even further. Doing everything possible to ensure that she can safely avoid being hospitalized as much as possible can make all the difference in the time that she has left.