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Hospice Care Sometimes May Be the Best Option


Hospice care is perfect for terminally ill patients who need pain management until death. Hospice care is fit for patients who want the benefits of increased quality of life without trying to extend it. The whole purpose of hospice care is to ensure patients pain management and palliative care, while providing a pleasant atmosphere for them to pass away. This is great for someone with terminal cancer, who has less than a few months to live and are already in the later, more painful stages of disease. Hospice aims to fulfill the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their patients.

A hospice dispenses many levels of care. They do in-home care, for the patient that would rather die at home, and patients can be moved to a hospice center, where they are taken care of 24 hours a day and seven days a week by nurses. A hospice center is very beneficial for both the patient and their family, since it tends to be easier on the family to cope with the deal of their family member and friend.

Home nursing is a very helpful resource for families who have a family member who has limited mobility and can not adequately care for themselves. In home nursing, a nurse will come to a patient's house and provide care.

Sometimes this involves monitoring of vital signs, physical therapy, speech therapy, and nutrition services. They also can administer IV and chemo therapy. They also provide assistance for the families if the families request it, such as some housework, ensuring the patient takes medications, and shopping for groceries or other needed items. This can lift a huge burden off the patient's usual caretaker (typically their spouse or family), especially if their caretaker is elderly also and has trouble doing what is necessary for the patient.

The cost of having a home nurse is usually covered by public and private insurance companies, but it is always best to check before trying to apply for a home nurse. Home Health Aide A home health aide is not usually allowed to do as much as a home health nurse would be; however, they are still very helpful and usually assist the home nurse with the activities that they can do.

In order to become a home health aide, most states require drug testing, background checks, and experience from working in an institutionalized setting. Prospective home health aides can choose to become a Certified Nursing Assistant through college programs, but it is not always necessary. Requirements for home health aides are different based upon the state they wish to practice in, so it is always best to check first. The cost of having a home health aide is usually covered by Medicare or private insurance companies, but like all expenses, it is best to check with your insurance company first.

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