When the decision is made to enter hospice, it can be a difficult and sensitive time for everyone involved. There are so many things to consider, from the physical symptoms and practical needs of the patient to the emotions each person will experience throughout the end of life process. Hospice care professionals are there to provide the support and guidance needed to help patients and their loved ones navigate this challenging time with clarity, confidence and dignity.
Patients can choose to receive hospice care in whatever environment they are most comfortable with – at home hospice, nursing home or in-hospital. Once the process has begun, the hospice team – consisting of the patient’s primary care physician, health care professionals, social workers, counselors and other compassionate volunteers – will meet with the patient and his or her loved ones to discuss and develop a customized hospice care plan.
Depending on the needs and desires of the patient, hospice care may involve anything from administration of medications to control pain to physical therapy and spiritual counseling. It may also incorporate a number of enrichment activities, such as music and pet therapy. Hospice also provides much needed respite and support for caregivers and loved ones who are also struggling with the challenges associated with end-of-life care.
At Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, we always place the individual needs of our patients first. When you choose to work with our community hospice team, you can expect to be treated with the dignity, respect and compassion you deserve. We pledge to listen to you to understand exactly how you envision the end of your journey to be and to do everything within our power to ensure that your wishes are carried out.