“It’s hope and more…. More than traditional healthcare- its providing solutions for difficult times when hope is in question, it’s being close in a time of fear, it’s a friend with time to share, it’s laughter in the midst of tears, it’s dignity…it’s humanity…it’s what we do. It must be love…“
Caregivers often wonder, “When should we call hospice?” While there is no simple answer to that question, there are some things to keep in mind as you care for someone with a serious illness. Thomaston Hospice can help you and the person receiving your care, prepare for and adapt to the changes that illness brings. We offer a personalized plan for care to meet both your needs and the needs of the person you are caring for at different stages of illness and caregiving. Attention to concerns and needs of personal caregivers, family and friends, is a fundamental part of what hospice care is all about.
Hospice does provide the option of being cared for at a place the patient calls home: 96% of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home.
Yet most Americans know little to nothing about their eligibility for/or availability of hospice.
Addressing the whole range of physical and psychological needs of the patient and his/her family in an interdisciplinary way is what makes hospice care so special.
Hospice provides families with the support needed to keep their loved one at home, and can take over fully to give the caretaker short “respite” periods.
Hospice programs offer one year of grief counseling for the surviving and friends.