What is end of life care?
Unfortunately, we all face a different story at the end of our lives. For some, death will come suddenly, but others will linger and fade slowly. Some older people lose strength while keeping a sharp mind. Others remain physically strong but suffer progressive cognitive loss. We all know that everyone dies, but each loss comes with heartache and pain.
The support and medical care given during the time surrounding death is known as End-of-life care. This type of care does not only occur in the minutes before death. Many elderly people are living with one or more chronic illnesses for days, weeks, or months before their death. Living with many life-threatening diseases requires a lot of care. Many times, the possibility of a cure is no longer present, but that does not mean that medical support ceases. The involvement of family and friends also remains critical to the senior care of your loved one.
End of Life Care Options
There are many care options available for a person who is dying. These care plans often involve a team of individuals working hard, often to provide various home care options. The following list is full of suggestions for individuals and families that are battling through these difficult times.
This service can be provided in any setting, including in-home care. Patients that utilize hospice have begun to understand that their illness is not responding to medical attempts and the disease is slowly progressing. Hospice provides comprehensive support for both the patient and the family. Typically, patients given six months or less to live will use hospice as their care option.
Decisions caregivers may have to make at the end of life
These decisions can be overwhelming because your loved one may not be able to express their opinions. How do you possibly choose the right care for someone else? There are two approaches that you can try. The first is that you can try to put yourself in their shoes and try to choose a care option that you believe he or she would choose based on that substituted judgment. The second approach is known as best interests and is decided based on what would be best for the dying person.
How to pay for end of life care
Medical care can be expensive. These expenses can be hard on families, even if they have been saving or working extra hours to cover the compounding medical bills. Each person’s financial situation is different, but there are a variety of payment sources to consider using that include: personal funds, government programs, or private financing.
What to do after someone dies
After someone dies, there is nothing that must immediately take place. You need to take your time to grieve. Some people decide to stay with the body, while others choose to leave. You may want to make sure the body is lying flat so that the joints do not become stiff and cannot be moved. Once you have spent your time with the body and taken care of any religious, ethnic, or cultural customs, it is time make arrangements for the body to be picked up. Typically, a funeral home will be the one to take care of this. Some families may choose to do an autopsy, and this will need to be arranged with the hospital.
Live-in care is very important to take the stress and workload off of family members. Just remember, there is no perfect death and that you are doing the best you can. Home care service providers like Comfort Keepers bring years of experience in home care services. Give us a call today at (877) 698-9394 so that we can help you and your loved ones handle end of life issues.