Comfort Keepers' End of Life Care in Troy, OH
Learn about the supports and benefits of end of life care for seniors and their families.
End of life (or hospice) care is designed to provide seniors with comfort and dignity during their final six months of life. Hospice focuses on a senior's comfort by addressing pain management and other palliative care needs. It also helps family members reduce stress and anxiety by taking care of daily living tasks and household chores.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association seniors who take advantage of end of life (or hospice) care are six times as likely to die with dignity in the comfort of their own homes instead of passing away in a nursing home, hospital, or care facility. They are also "less likely to be hospitalized, to be admitted to the intensive care unit, or undergo invasive procedures" during their final months. Unfortunately, most seniors do not take advantage of all the benefits of end of life care. In fact, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization notes that too many seniors seek benefits "too late to fully take advantage of all this team-based, patient and family-focused model of care."
Benefits of End of Life Care in Troy, MI
While many aspects of end of life care are medical in nature, there are also many non-medical tasks that need to be accomplished. From light housekeeping and laundry to a senior's personal care needs (eating support, toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing), non-medical caregivers provide the support necessary for family members to focus their time and attention on the senior instead of activities and chores.
Having a professional caregiver help with transitioning and positioning, personal care, and hygiene support not only reduces the level of stress for the senior and their family members, but it increases a senior's safety during a time when they are most vulnerable. Statistically, this helps to keep seniors from injury, infection, and illness; which reduces hospitalizations and increases the quality time seniors can spend at home with their loved ones.
Comfort Keepers end of life care provides support and assistance that seamlessly integrates with hospice care to maximize a senior's quality of life and dignity. Care is provided in the senior's home and is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information about hospice care in general or about how Comfort Keepers can help maximize your senior loved one's quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.