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How Does Hospice Work?

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Published:  January 25, 2023

If you’re considering hospice services for your loved one, you may be interested in learning more about what it entails. In this article, we’ll take a look at the different services provided during hospice and explain why they’re beneficial.

What Services Does Hospice Provide?

Hospice services provide comprehensive medical and social care for those nearing the end of life. Depending on each individual’s specific needs, this could include pain management, psychological counseling, spiritual guidance, personal care assistance or therapies such as massage and music therapy. Friends and family members can also be included in hospice services when appropriate so that they can receive emotional support during this difficult time. Additionally, hospice staff will work closely with the patient’s family before and after death to ensure that all practical arrangements are taken into consideration — including any funeral planning needed.

Emotional Services

Hospice care goes beyond providing medical services. It also seeks to provide emotional support during a time that can often be emotionally and mentally draining for both the patient and their loved ones. Services like counseling, social work, and spiritual care are available to help individuals cope with the physical, mental and emotional challenges that they may be experiencing. Additionally, bereavement counseling is available to family members who may benefit from professional guidance through the grieving process.

Ultimately, hospice supports individuals in finding comfort and peace while helping them maintain meaningful relationships with their family and friends during this difficult time.

Pain Management

Pain management is an essential part of hospice care and is often seen as the cornerstone of end-of-life comfort. Hospice staff is trained to provide different strategies for managing pain, such as medication, physical therapy, or psychological counseling when necessary. Additionally, hospice care includes measures like massage, aromatherapy, or music therapy to help create an environment that is comforting and supportive for the patient. The goal of these treatments is not necessarily to heal the person but to give them relief from physical and emotional suffering so they can focus on living out their remaining time as peacefully and meaningfully as possible.

Proper pain management through hospice services can have a significant impact on improving an individual’s quality of life at the end-of-life stage.

Grief & Bereavement Care

After a loved one has passed on, hospice staff provide counseling and support to help those close to them process their grief in a safe, understanding environment. The team can work with individuals or groups to share information about the grieving process, provide emotional validation, and develop healthy coping skills. Hospice staff is also available to talk through any spiritual questions that may arise during this time. Additionally, they offer resources such as support groups and hotlines for further assistance. When necessary, hospice professionals may refer friends and family members to outside grief counselors for additional guidance. Ultimately, bereavement services provided by hospice seek to help families move through the grieving process so they can begin to heal from the loss of their loved one.

Mission Healthcare Can Help

At Mission Healthcare, we understand the physical and emotional toll that hospice care can take on a family. Our staff is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services with quality and dignity so that individuals and families can get the support they need during this difficult time. To learn more about our services or for help in finding hospice care for your loved one, contact us today. We’re here to help.