End-of-life choices are deeply personal and deeply emotional for both individuals and family members. When it comes to end-of-life choices and end-of-life care, the utmost kindness, compassion, and consideration must be given. Today, hospice care is making strides to better enable patients to have highly personalized care during their final days by increasing options and choices for patients. According to the Hospice Foundation of America, patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia accounted for the largest portion of hospice care patients as of 2022. Let’s look at some ways end-of-life care can be personalized.
Pain management is a huge topic for hospice patients and those who are in need of end of life care. Many patients who are in hospice care are dealing with harrowing conditions. These individuals must have access to the appropriate pain management options during their final days. Facilities that allow individuals to make empowered choices concerning pain management can contribute a significant level of comfort and compassion during these difficult days.
Where patients want to spend their last days is also an important factor in end-of-life care. Patients should have the power to choose the location where they will receive care. Many patients wish to be at home among their friends and loved ones during their final days. Getting to pick the location where you will pass, is intensely personal and this choice should not be taken away from someone if it can be helped.
Those who have the power to choose where they will receive their hospice care, are more likely to experience a peaceful and fulfilling transition. It's also better for family members to be with their loved ones in a comfortable and familiar setting.
Type of Care
Many patients also want to have a say in the type of care they will receive. Some patients want a higher level of care than others and some patients want to have more independence. Hospice caregivers need to accommodate and respect these decisions as much as possible.
If you or a loved one is in need of hospice care, please contact Savior Hospice & Palliative Care today. We provide the highest-quality care with the most options, expertise, support, and compassion.