Help With Hospice Care
Guide to help with what to expect with a dying loved one.
Palliative Hospice Care
You May be a care giver or a child or a friend of a loved one who is
ill to the point that there is no hope of recovery. At this
point the person is considered to be in palliative care. This is caring
for their needs and and making them comfortable until they die.
and hospice care
focus on comfort not on curing a disease process. It is
recognizing that life is not permanent and that quality is better than
quantitiy. That is it is better to have a few days pain free than it is
to have an extra few days just alive.
Palliative diagnosis can be made with only a few days of life left or
perhaps months, depending on how fast the disease process is advancing.
It is not a statement of how long a person will live.
Techniques for Palliative Care
Modern science has given us many tools to help a person who is in a
palliative state. many are dependant on the specific disease that is
affecting your loved one.
In general pain relief is one of the key aspects of Hospice care. This
is often accomplished with morphine or morphine derivatives. A side
effect of morphine is to reduce breathing stress, which often helps
calm a person.
Hospice Care measures may also include mechanical devices such air
filled mattress pads. These special oscilation air mattresses are
designed to to change pressures over time. This helps to alleviate the
problems of bed sores from pressure in one spot, if the person can not
Simple and often over-looked practice of palliative care is mouth care.
this is simply swarbing a person's mouth with a special water soaked
sponge when they can not do this themselves. Think of when you are sick
and and have a stuffed nose how dry your mouth gets as you breathe
through it. Many Palliative patients mouth breathe and can't moisten
their mouth. The solution is frequent moistening by either staff or
Washing is usually performed as a sponge bath. A dieing person may
sweat a lot and will need clothing and bedding changed frequently to
stay fresh and comfortable. Obviously Clean sheets and Adaptive Cothing
wil be needed often for comfort.