Whether you live in the East Bay or Walnut Creek area, you may be curious to learn more about hospice care. At Care Indeed, we know how difficult it is to watch as a loved one reaches the end of his/her life. However, during a difficult time, providing your loved one with a measure of comfort is essential.
Hospice care is designed for individuals who have only months or less to live, no matter how old they are, or what condition is stealing their life away. Whether someone has cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another condition/disease, hospice care provides support for the family, giving you a bit of respite during a difficult time.
Basically, there are four levels of hospice care which depend on the unique needs of your loved one. These include:
- Routine home care. At this level, the focus is to provide emotional support for your loved one and family members. Typically patients are visited by chaplains, counselors, and social workers, with nurses visiting on a regular basis to monitor the health of the patient.
- The next level involves determining whether the patient would be more comfortable at home, or in a hospice facility. In some cases, the patient may be moved to inpatient care, and return home once the comfort level has been improved.
- Respite care is another level of hospice palliative care, and is often needed when caretakers, such as family members who typically care for the loved one, need a short break. Caring for a dying loved one can be difficult not only physically, but emotionally as well. Your loved one may be cared for in a hospice facility for a day or even a weekend, then returned home after you have had some much needed rest.
- Finally, continuous home care is the fourth level of hospice. When someone reaches the point where he/she needs care around the clock, you may choose to have your loved one placed in an assisted living facility and receive hospice care. Another option is to have your loved one remain at home and be cared for by an in-home or live-in caregiver.
Caring for a dying loved one is both physically and emotionally draining. However, hospice care is important for helping maintain a level of comfort and quality of life. At Care Indeed, our East Bay in home caregivers are ready to help with your needs, providing peace of mind knowing that your loved one is being well cared for, and helping take some of the weight off your shoulders.