End Of Life Care Planning

It is said that everybody wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die. Death is inevitable and knows no age. It can come to, to the young and old, to the rich and poor  and even to those who are healthy and more likely to those who are sick. HealthNow Hospice is here to help you and your loved ones properly plan for the end of life care the patient deserves.

A friend once said that those who are in hospice have time to properly prepare their end of life allowing for their family to be stressed free. Therefore, they have time to prepare and sort out everything before they pass on. Depending on the person’s mindset, planning and making decisions about the end of your life can be a positive experience for the patient and for their loved ones. When planning end of like care, it is a good opportunity to reflect on the things that are important to the patient their family allowing for the proper arrangements that will benefit the next generation and family members. HealthNow Hospice will help plan properly during these difficult times and ensure that the patient is pain free and the family is at their best in term of comfort and realization.

Generally, there are three aspects you need to consider in planning your end-of-life – personal, financial and medical. Personal, includes taking care of your family and making sure that they will be in good hands after you’re gone. It can also be spending the remainder of your time showing your love and affection to them or making them understand and accept that you are leaving soon. The financial aspect deals with wealth you have acquired  and the asset that you will be leaving behind. The challenge is setting up a will and how to appropriate them to the remaining members of the family considering their feelings and the value of what you are leaving behind for them. Lastly, your medical needs. Since we are talking about having a terminal illness, you also need to make sure that you are well taken care of. You don’t want to be suffering for your remaining days- enduring the pain and being a burden to your family. Hence, it is important to know what are your options and how to go about it.

Palliative and hospice care are two programs that are readily available for patients that are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Although these two can be similar, they are really different in focus. On one hand, palliative care aims to ease pain and help with other problems if the patient’s illness is serious but not considered to be life-threatening for now. Even in cases where an illness is expected to be fatal, palliate care can help you the rest of your life without pain during the rest of your life. On the other hand, hospice care is for people who have learned from doctors that they are not expected to recover from their condition generally are expected to have less than 6 months to live. It’s about easing pain and helping families prepare for the end of life. Palliative care is part of that, but it’s just one part. With HealthNow Hospice in the Bay Area, the goal of hospice care is to help the patient who is dying to have peace, comfort and dignity during their final days as well as comfort the family. We only have one life to live and whether we like it or not, it will really end. It’s just a matter of time. So, better get started on your end-of-life planning.

For questions about Hospice Care in the Bay Area, please call HealthNow at 888-808-5226

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