Talking to Your Elderly Loved One About Hospice Care
Hospice care can be a tremendous benefit during the end-of-life transition for your aging parent.
As a family caregiver you want to make the decisions that are best for your parent and to support them in living the highest quality of life possible during this phase. Starting hospice care for them is a way to reaffirm their life and allow the natural process that is occurring in their body to progress, while controlling pain and discomfort.
This means that while they will receive care tailored to relieving pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, they will not be subjected to procedures and implements that are meant to delay death or “cure” any type of condition. Rather than trying to prevent death, hospice care is about helping the senior live in the best way possible while permitting their body to move forward naturally and comfortably.
Despite the benefits of hospice care, it can be extremely difficult to talk about this issue with your aging parent. They likely do not want to discuss their end-of-life transition, thinking that it is morbid or pessimistic.
Approaching this conversation carefully is vital to helping your loved one come to a decision that is right for them.
Use these tips to help you talk to your elderly loved one about hospice care:
- Be upfront about it. Do not try to “sugarcoat” this conversation. Instead, be upfront and honest with your parent. This will show them how serious you are about this issue and help them to feel more secure. When you try to work around a topic and make it “easier” to talk about, you actually make yourself sound uncomfortable and unsure of yourself. Instead, confront this topic head on so that they feel totally confident
- Detail the benefits. Be specific with your parent about the benefits of hospice care. Detail why you think that this arrangement would enhance your loved one’s life and improve this transition for them
- Talk about yourself. While your care efforts should always be focused on your parent, sometimes it is important to discuss yourself as well. Tell them how much it would mean to you for this stage to be easier on your parent and how it would also be easier on you. This can reduce anxiety and encourage your parent to make the decision that they know is best for both of you.
Starting elderly care can be one of the most nurturing and compassionate decisions that you can make for your aging parent in your journey as their caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can give your senior loved one a personalized set of services tailored specifically to addressing their individual challenges, limitations, and symptoms so that they are able to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place.
When it comes to considering end-of-life care for your senior, this care provider can give your parent the companionship and emotional support that they need to get through this phase in their life in the best way possible. They can also work with your loved one to maintain a healthier, more active, and more fulfilling lifestyle that works with their personal decisions so that they can continue to enjoy their life as much as possible even while moving toward the final stages.
If you or an aging loved one would like to discuss hospice care in Chino, CA, please contact the friendly and helpful staff at Delta Hospice of California. Call today 888-591-0709.
As a patient, family member or caregiver your questions should never go unanswered. Never hesitate to let us know how we are doing. We will send out a Perception of Care Survey through the mail and periodically make phone calls to ensure that excellent care is being provided. Our Home Chart and Hospice Resource Guide are available for you to review anytime. We encourage you to review your Home Chart and discuss any comments or concerns with our staff members.
We understand that patients have a choice and we choose to be the best.
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