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5 ways hospice can help you or your loved ones

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:00 am

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(BPT) - The vast majority of Americans say what they want at the end of life is to die in their own homes, as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The hospice philosophy is about making sure that a patient’s death experience reflects their wishes. Here are five ways that hospice helps to deliver this:

1. Hospice gives you comfort.

Man is hospice car giving peace sign to family and friends
Hospice made Arthur as comfortable as possible. So much so, his family and friends joined him for a special opera performance and a chance to say goodbye.

Hospices are experts at managing life-limiting illness. The hospice team ensures that medication, therapies and treatments all support a care plan that is centered on the patient’s goals. And hospice services can be offered wherever the patient calls home, allowing friends and family to visit freely—something they might not be able to do in a hospital ICU setting.

2. Hospice gives you peace.

Group of people praying in a circle
Hospice helped George find peace in a circle of family and friends at a traditional Hawaiian luau.

Beyond physical relief, hospice strives to help patients and families find emotional and spiritual comfort during what is often a very traumatic time. Hospice organizations are able to provide families with counselors, therapists, spiritual care advisors and bereavement professionals who can best support their struggles with death and grieving. These services are part of the hospice benefit, covered by Medicare, Medicaid or most private insurances.

3. Hospice gives you something extra.

group of woman playing music together in hospice
Hospice brings joy into patients lives by incorporating music with visits from music and art therapists.

Hospice is not only about compassionate medical care and control of pain. Art and music therapists inspire joy; pet therapy and massages are offered at many programs as well.

4. Hospice gives caregivers guidance.

two woman holding and smiling at baby
Hospice provides all types of support for the end-of-life journey. A team of experts guide, assist and share the caregiving experience.

Most families are not prepared to face the death of a loved one. In addition to caring for patients, hospice also offers services for families and loved ones that provide emotional support and advice to help family members become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief support for up to a year.

5. Hospice gives you more.

Mother of the groom in hospice care
Hospice enables patients to truly live in the last chapter of their life and creates precious moments to spend with family and friends.

Be it more joy, more love, or more quality of life in general, the goal of hospice is to offer patients the ability to enjoy the time they have remaining, and create meaningful memories for their families. Hospice offers more moments of life.

Learn more at www.MomentsofLife.org.

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