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Hospice And Supportive Care: An Additional Layer Of Support For Residents Of Assisted Living Centers
When a member of your family lives in an assisted living center, you feel safe knowing they have help with their day-to-day life. Someone’s there to help them bathe and get dressed, cook their meals and encourage them to be active and social.
There’s another layer of support many do not know about. More than likely, someone from their local hospice organization is there, too. For residents living with chronic or life-limiting illness, assisted living centers turn to local hospice and supportive care professionals to provide onsite expert care.
Supportive care practitioners, also known as palliative specialists, visit residents to provide specialized care focused on reducing the symptoms, pain and stress caused by any serious illness. It can be provided alongside curative treatment at any stage. This isn’t only for cancer patients. Supportive care is a perfect partner for people coping with any advanced illness – from congestive heart failure and Parkinson’s to dementia and lung disease.
Hospice care is for residents whose disease progresses to a point where doctors determine a cure is no longer an option, and they likely have less than six months to live. The care shifts to ensuring the patient is as comfortable as possible with a focus on quality of life. A whole team of end-of-life specialists care for the patient in their residence.
This is often called the continuum of care. We’re here for the family and the center’s care team as much as we’re here for the patient. That’s why we offer another layer of support to assisted living centers – education. This can be community gatherings at the center to educate their residents and staff on hospice and supportive care. It can also be in-service education for the center’s care team on how to care for their residents at end of life.
Another layer of support comes from trained volunteers who often visit assisted living facilities to provide pet therapy, Compassionate Touch, reiki and honor salutes. Sometimes volunteers are there just to visit and be a friend.
All of this comes to the resident onsite – there’s no need to arrange transportation or schedule offsite appointments.
The healthcare industry can be overwhelming. Hospice organizations like the not-for-profit I work for go where they are needed to empower residents, their family and the center staff. Our wish is for everyone to understand the choices they have when experiencing advanced illness of any kind.
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