Hospice care offers supportive medical, emotional and spiritual care for people in the last phases of illness and enables them to spend their final days comfortably at home with those they love. Home care services for hospice support, provides a continuum of care, assisting the family and hospice care team with all the daily needs for comfort.
When a loved one is facing the advanced stages of illness or undergoing palliative care, the last thing family members need to worry about is cleaning, laundry and other household tasks. Perhaps far more importantly is that home care assistance allows you to rest assured that even though you may not be able to be at their bedside every moment, a caring professional is there. Hiring an in-home caregiver to assist with necessary duties and cook wholesome meals also allows family members to spend the time they have with their seriously ill patient.
Homecare plays an important role
The hospice staff will be focused on pain and symptom relief for the patient. A hospice team is usually comprised of the patient’s own doctor, a hospice doctor, case manager, nursing staff, social worker, and other support professionals as required, to ensure the patient’s physical and emotional or spiritual needs are met.
Should family or friends need to be away from the patient due to other obligations or when they need a break from the stress and worry, respite care can provide peace of mind and support to family caregivers and companionship and assistance to those in need.
The practical help in maintaining a comfortable environment that qualified homecare support workers provide is beneficial for everyone involved in hospice care. Dedicated caregivers will greatly contribute to the quality of life for the whole family and enable everyone to focus on providing the patient with the most appropriate care.
The needs of each situation will vary, but some ways homecare staff can help include:
- Running errands, such as picking up prescriptions or groceries
- Cleaning and other household chores
- Provide personal care
- Assist with requests as they arise
Caregivers with Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan are trained to work with dementia, stroke, physical challenges, chronic illnesses and other aspects of hospice care. Services are 100% confidential, tailored to the needs of each client family at home or in hospital. Offices are located in Petoskey and Traverse City, MI.