The past year I have seen how much of a big difference hospice makes. I have seen how patients and their families become attached to their hospice team. I have witnessed all hospice team members working together to be supportive to families when their loved one has passed. I never knew how much of a difference hospice can make until my time at Homestead. I saw how the entire hospice team cared for each and every patient and wanted to make the patient’s last days the best they could possibly be. Homestead hospice is fulfilling its goal of making the patient as comfortable as can be while in the dying process. Homestead Hospice is contracted with local nursing homes and assisted living places to help if a patient wants placement, or if
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The services provided by Hospice are emotional support, medical services and spiritual resources for people who are in their last stage of a serious illness. Family members are not forgotten as services are provided to them for managing practical details and emotional challenges of caring for someone who is dying. The loved one that comes to Hospice is usually within the life expectancy of 6 months. BBH uses a team approach to provide professional services to provide individualized care to the client. The health care team includes attending physician, the registered nurse, hospice aides, social workers, the hospice chaplain, music therapist, trained volunteers and
The book discusses the need for conversations about end-of-life care, and the importance of having those conversations early. Gawande emphasizes that it is essential to have a plan in place in order to ensure that our wishes are respected, and that our loved ones are taken care of in the way we have chosen. He offers practical advice on how to go about it, including exploring our options, talking to our doctors, and researching reputable care facilities. Gawande also stresses the importance of quality of life when making decisions about our care. He shows that there is more to life than prolonging it, and that quality of life should be a priority when making decisions about care options.
I felt fortunate to have attended the session with Bonnie, an epitome for an ideal hospice care provider. She demonstrates an ability to connect anyone in personal level and with full attention; thereby, making both the recipients and their family feel cared. As she shared her experience, it was reflected that she made sure the care is provided to the patients spiritually; and other needs are also taken care of. Bonnie joined hospice care after realizing the previous career of a social worker was not fulfilling. It was inspiring that she reflected it is never too late to change a career trajectory.
My fourth day at Agape hospice I was the administrative of the day. When I was asked to be the administrative of the day I was nervous again. I was nervous because I was in charge of the office in the front. By being in charge of the front,I had the opportunity to work at the front desk by answer phone calls, and help assist the staffs. I was afraid of things going wrong and thing did went wrong.
The difference between hospitalization and Hospice is the administration of treatment. Hospice care only treats symptoms and focuses on pain management instead of seeking a cure to a terminal illness. A person that is put on Hospice care is usually given only six months to live. It seems like cruel punishment to prolong the miserable suffering life of a person that is past the point of no return and simply wants to die in peace. Although licensed personnel can give higher doses of pain medication to lessen the suffering, they can be prosecuted in Alabama if the doses are lethal, and patients may not be able to communicate their pain to the appropriate authoritative
In all my experiences as a nurse, I’ve realized the importance of communication, providing holistic care to an individual and empowering them with the knowledge to manage their health. When an illness strikes a person, it affects not just his body, but also his mind and spirit. The art of communication is invaluable to patient interaction and establishing a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, that facilitate coping mechanisms for patients, moreover it prepared myself as a nurse to meet their individual needs. Furthermore, there is at the moment an insurmountable demand for survivorship care as a result of the advancement in technology and medicine, which made living beyond life expectancy possible for increasingly more people. Living after cancer treatment is not free of complications as there are acute and chronic side effects of treatment that requires constant monitoring and attention, and this information spurred me to shift my focus from palliative to survivorship care.
What is Hospice? What do we as people think of when we mention the word, Hospice? “Bereavement” in other words that is not always a true statement. I now been with Hospice going on three years; June 17 2016. I have taken care of most of the patients I have had since day one as yes’ there are long term patients not short term.
Hospice care and end of life care are two terms that refer to the same thing. They are often confused with palliative care. Hospice, or end of life care, is designed to provide services to a person during the final six months of expected life. Hospice care is focused on providing a person and their family the best quality of life possible during those final months and curative treatments are not longer given. Since a large part of hospice care overlaps with palliative care services the two terms have often been used interchangeably to the detriment of seniors and their
After the sudden loss of my oldest brother in 2011, my life changed in the blink of an eye. While trying to overcome this heartbreaking experience was one of the most challenging things ever faced with, his death soon turned into a true inspiration to me. Not only do I cherish all the memories I was able to share with him over the years, I soon came to realization that tomorrow is not a promise to anyone and to live life to the fullest. With this being said, having the opportunity to have an impact on someone everyday whether through communication, actions and/or attitude to help heal is something very powerful to me. Nursing is a profession that allows individuals to open new doors to learn something new and making the best of everyday for each
Palliative care is a form of care for people with serious illnesses that is primarily focused on giving relief to ill patients and to improve quality of life and well-being. Hospice care is similar to palliative care because it helps patients to improve their quality of life through caring for them, not curing them. In contrast, palliative care can be implemented at any point after a patient is diagnosed with an illness, however hospice care has specific qualifications and is used when a patient only has 6 months to live. Palliative and hospice care location can both be administered at a patient’s home. Although palliative care is usually taken place in a hospital or facility of care and hospice care usually doesn’t narrow down to a specific
Working with both the patient and families concerning end of life issues is one of the major challenges I foresee in a career in
Palliative care is “whole person” care that involves focus on quality of life, or living well, for all family members when they are dealing with a life-limiting illness. It can start long before the end-of-life period, as early as at the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, and extend beyond death to bereavement. End-of-Life care is a very broad topic and possibly more angles could have been addressed within the chapter. For example Advance Healthcare Directives and its impact on the patient and their quality of life for families who can’t let go of a love one of