Hospice gives a chance to live a decent life till the last breath
Usually people have negative emotions when hear the word “hospice” as this word means a place for those who have serious illnesses, which can’t be treated with the help of the existing medical services. However, hospice must be seen as a place where one can improve both emotional and physical health till the end of his or her life. Nobody knows when the last day is going to come, that’s why the main aim of such places for people with diseases that are unlikely to be treated, is to provide everyone with the best quality of the end-of-life care.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is not a house of death. It is a place where a person can lead a decent life till the end. The main idea of the hospice is to alleviate the pain and suffering both physical and mental. If the patient cannot be cured, this does not mean that nothing can be done for him. What seems like a trifle in the life of a healthy person makes a huge sense for the patient of hospice.
Hospice is a non-profit community meeting the needs of those patients who have chosen this place to have a decent life till the last breath. It is a medical institution in which patients with a predictable adverse outcome of the disease receive decent care and maintenance. Hospice is an institution intended for hospitalization of patients with incurable pathology in order to provide palliative treatment, analgesia, psychosocial rehabilitation, and psychological support of relatives.
What services does the hospice provide?
Hospice services mainly include:
- Basic medical care with emphasis on pain relief and symptoms;
- Medical supplies and equipment as required;
- Counseling and social support to help you and your family with psychological, emotional and spiritual problems;
- Maintenance in solving complex but usual problems at the final stage of life;
- Temporary care for the sick, at a time when nurses, family members and other people who usually care for the patient, are absent;
- Support of volunteers, for example, cooking and doing small errands;
- Counseling and support of relatives after the death of the patient.
Hospice treatment programs do not distinguish between people. Assistance is provided regardless of age, gender, religious beliefs, diagnosis and type of health problem, ethnic and cultural background and sexual orientation.