Hospice Care: Nurturing for the Dying

Elderly at a hospice centerFinding out a loved one has a terminal illness is a devastating blow for everyone in the family as well as the person who is ill. Denial, anger and fear are all normal reactions when a patient is told that there is nothing more that can be done medically to treat the disease or that a treatment program has failed. Hospice care in Indiana can meet a person’s emotional and spiritual needs as well as their medical ones.

Soothing the Fear of Death

Over 21% of Americans have a fear of death. When confronted by serious illness, these fears can come to the surface and can cause a great deal of spiritual distress and internal conflict, bringing up questions like ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Is there an existence after death?’ Knowing how to meet these spiritual needs can make the difference between a good death and a bad one. Hospice care can provide:

Counseling

Trained counselors can listen, talk about fears and find strategies to help people cope and retain a feeling of control. A therapist can also work with other family members after a patient’s death to provide grief counseling. Pastoral care can also be offered.

Practical Support

Hospice workers can advise on practical issues such as wills, funeral arrangements or inheritance.

Palliative Medical Care

Administration of pain relief and other medical measures to keep a patient comfortable.

Home Care Aides

Volunteers can befriend the patient and family, provide transportation to social events and doctor’s appointments and assist with self-care, cleaning and other errands. They can also take over care duties when relatives need a break.

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Dying in Non-Medical Surroundings

Hospice homes, Indiana, provide a home from home place in which a patient can die with dignity in surroundings that are less clinical than a hospital.