Pain can keep your senior from being able to rest as much as she needs to. Your senior’s doctors may not be able to fully help her with her pain if she’s still attempting curative treatments, but under hospice, your senior may have additional options.
Hospice Care Ensures Her Doctors Have Accurate Information about Pain Levels
Pain is so subjective and it’s difficult sometimes for people to adequately communicate their pain levels to a doctor. And if your elderly family member is unable to talk, whether because of her health or because of cognitive changes, it’s even more difficult for anyone to understand what she’s facing. Hospice care providers have experience in working with people who are in pain and can accurately relay to your senior’s doctors what she’s likely to be experiencing. This gives you and your elderly family member another advocate who can help you to find a true solution to what she’s feeling.
Hospice Services Make a Plan with Your Senior’s Medical Team
It can feel to you as if your elderly family member has way too many different doctors at this stage of her life and they may all be recommending different things. Hospice care providers can serve as a single point of contact. They also liaise with all of her medical providers to come up with a comprehensive plan that meets all of her needs at this stage of her life. This can reduce confusion immensely and ensure that your elderly family member is able to get the help that she needs with everything, including managing her pain.
Hospice Can Offer More Than Pain Medication
There’s a misconception that they only way to manage pain is through medication. That’s a very effective method, of course, and it’s very possible that’s exactly what your elderly family member needs right now. But there are other techniques and therapies that may be available to your senior now as well. Your senior’s doctors might not think to recommend those therapies, but her hospice care providers will prioritize using whatever therapies and techniques might bring your senior comfort in these last months of her life.
Having the opportunity to address your senior’s pain in the best ways possible for her is a huge part of helping her to experience the time she has left in the way that she wants. When she’s able to relax and to rest, that’s a much more comfortable way to spend her time.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING END-OF-LIFE CARE IN FOLSOM, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PARTNERS IN CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.
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