July 2017 | Wesley Hospice

Dispelling Common Hospice Myths

There are many myths about hospice care. Of course, most of these misconceptions come from the fact that many people have simply never had to deal with a loved one in hospice. It can be a subject that is not often discussed, so the mystery surrounding this care can be veiled in mystery for those on the outside.

One common myth regarding hospice care is that it is a place where the terminally ill go to die. When there is nothing more that doctors can do to help someone, they are sent to hospice care. This is certainly not true. In fact, hospice is not an actual place; but, rather, care for a patient nearing the end of their life. We strive to ensure every patient gets quality care with a compassionate hospice team. From managing pain to providing social workers, clergy and other professionals, every patient is given individualized care to help meet their needs.

Some people think that if you choose hospice care that you won’t be able to keep your own doctor. This is another myth. In fact, you can keep your doctor and your doctor will work closely with the hospice physicians to provide quality care.

Another very common myth is that hospice is only for those individuals who are in their final days of life. While this might be true in some cases, hospice care is available to any patient who has a life expectancy of six months or less.

Some other common myths regarding hospice care are that it is a service only provided to patients who are living in their own home or that it is strictly for the elderly. Neither of these are true. Any patient with a six month or less life expectancy can receive hospice care. Additionally, hospice can work with patients who are in nursing homes or even the hospital.

Caregiver Stress Relievers During Work

Those who care for persons who are ill are very susceptible to stress-related illnesses. Whether you are a professional caregiver or a family caregiver, you need to take some “me” time. We’ve all heard the analogy of the flight attendant who warns passengers to put on their oxygen masks before helping others during an emergency. If you feel guilty about having some “me” time, consider the oxygen mask warning–if you want to do your best in taking care of others, take care of you first.

Stress Relievers for Caregivers

If you want to be your best at caregiving, you need to engage in some caregiver care. Whether you work as a caregiver in a facility or care for a family member at home, find ways that you can relieve stress during the times that you are providing care. Try building some activities into your daily schedule that will allow you to relax and break the cycle of stress.

A meal break can make all the difference when you are exhausted from giving care. When you take a break for a meal, use it to the fullest. Eating is one of life’s pleasures. Take time to savor your meal. If you work in a facility, make sure you have another employee cover your patients during your lunch break.  Even if you only have 30 minutes, a meal break is not just time to eat; it is time to rest your mind and body.

Take a brief walk. Taking a 10-minute walk outside provides an opportunity to get some fresh air and clear your mind. As a matter of fact, if you schedule a walk each day, you will look forward to it, and you will return to your caregiving duties with a fresh perspective.

Confide in a friend. Most of us know someone at work who will lend a listening ear without being judgmental. Sometimes you need to vent your frustrations to a friend who can offer you some positive encouragement. A burden shared is half the burden.

Our Quality Hospice Care

We are committed to ensuring every patient gets compassionate end of life care. We treat each patient as a unique individual and strive to ensure that they receive not only the physical care they need, but also to ensure that the patient is comfortable and treated with respect.

Whether it’s making sure the patient is able to spend their last days surrounded by family or meeting the spiritual needs of the individual—compassionate, quality care is always at the center of what we do.

Our caring hospice staff will help develop a personal care plan to meet the needs of each patient. We respect the beliefs and traditions of our patients and will work with the patient and their family to develop a plan that will meet their spiritual needs as well as their physical and emotional needs.

We’re here to provide quality, compassionate care for our patients as well as their family members. We offer 24/7 access to our experienced hospice team as well as pet visitations, caregiver relief, and patient companionship. Of course, medical needs are met by our experienced hospice team. Whether it’s medical equipment or home visits by one of our caring hospice nurses, meeting the needs of our patients is something we take very seriously.

We can also provide pain management solutions in addition to a trained social worker to help with any social service needs. In an effort to help the patient and the entire family, we also offer bereavement services for caregivers. We know this time can be especially stressful and overwhelming, so we’ve put together a comprehensive list of services to help. From meditation and yoga groups to massage therapy, you can count on us for quality service.