What To Expect From At-Home Hospice Care

Posted on: 9 January 2020


Unfortunately, death is inevitable. For some, it comes quickly and silently. While this may be easier on the one passing, it can be quite a shock to their loved ones. However, not everyone will have that experience. When someone you love is terminally ill, there may come a time when they are done fighting, when they just want to be able to go, or perhaps when their doctor has found nothing else that can be done to help them other than to keep them comfortable. Many people do not want to waste away in a hospital, but still require some medical interaction. This is where hospice care comes into play. While your loved one could go to a formal hospice facility, it is also possible to have the caregivers come to your home. Here is some of the help that your loved one and your family will receive if you invest in at-home hospice care.

Medical Equipment

The hospital will have any necessary medical equipment delivered to your home. Someone will explain how everything works, get it hooked up, and answer any questions you may have about it. When there is a problem, regardless of the time of day, you will have a contact number to call and get the help you need. Medications will also be delivered to your home with the instructions for their use. If a medication must be administered by a licensed professional, someone will come to your home to do that.

Emotional and Spiritual Support

Social workers, clergymen, and therapists from the hospice team will come to visit you home as you request. You will be able to discuss your thoughts and feelings about the situation, as will the patient. You do not need to feel you are going through the situation alone. If you need to vent, rant, cry, or question life and why this is happening, help is just a phone call away.

Help at the End

When the time comes to say goodbye, members of the hospice team will come to help. They will make sure your loved one is as comfortable as possible until they pass. They will then take care of the body and help with any arrangements for the funeral or whatever you have decided to have done.

While it is very hard to watch someone passing and to say goodbye, having them at home may make it easier for them. It will also give you the chance to say goodbye in your own way.