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During the twilight of life and in those moments of contending with a terminal illness, all of us surely value dignity and treatment that offers comfort and care. We also want to know that our loved ones have a support system to help them deal with those final moments of life.Here’s how hospice care answers those needs. First, hospice care delivers professional medical services. Terminal illnesses like cancer and heart failure are physically devastating to a person’s body. Unlike regular medical care, which aims to cure the disease, hospice care recognizes that there is not much more that can be done. It neither prolongs life nor brings it to a quicker end. Instead, this service is designed to make a patient comfortable and to enhance quality of life, if at all possible. To do this, hospice workers tend to treat patients in their home or in a care facility where they can be more comfortable than a hospital and where they can also spend more time surrounded by loved ones.Treatment focuses on symptom and pain control as part of a 24-7 care schedule, so the patient doesn’t have to be alone during this difficult time.Second, hospice offers the necessary level of emotional support for families as well as the patient. Families often have a more difficult time emotionally accepting the loss of someone they love very much. To help them cope, hospice care offers services, such as counseling for everyone involved. They also provide guidance on handling matters that deal with funeral arrangements and the necessary paperwork that comes with life completion.Hospice services give family members an emotional break who may be feeling overwhelmed. Those who work in hospice services can even help with errands, meal preparation, and social support, when needed. They are also there to answer questions and relieve concerns around-the-clock. Third, hospice care even has spiritual resources for those who request it. This includes spiritual advisors available to visit and offer counseling. Provisions also allow for your own pastor or church official to spend time with the patient and family at the hospice center as part of a last rite’s ceremony when requested.Dealing with terminal illness and the prospect of death is never easy. It’s an emotional rollercoaster with physical ailments and psychological stress. However, hospice care workers—from doctors and nurses to therapists and volunteers—can, and do, ease the pain on many levels for everyone involved.
I'm Jonathon Stewart, with About.com.
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