Hospice 2

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patients last days by offering comfort and dignity. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the services provided by hospice care.

Dr. Hill:

Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness, such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, Alzheimers and many others. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one.

Hospice programs offer services 24 hours a day. The hospice care team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors, spiritual advisors and trained volunteers. Other health professionals such as pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and nutritionists may be included as well. The team will adjust the care plan as the patients situation and needs change.

Services provided may include skilled nursing care to manage pain and undesirable symptoms of the dying process, helping the family and patient make final arrangements such as funeral planning, addressing spiritual needs of the patient and family, and providing volunteer support for running errands or simply visiting to provide extra care and support.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.