THE HOSPICE PHILOSOPHY IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE
The mission of Hospice of Southern Illinois is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Part of the whole hospice philosophy is improving quality of life. Below are 7 ways hospice care can improve an individual’s quality of life at the end of life.
- Focuses on comfort and quality of life which often includes stopping or decreasing painful procedures, tests, and hospitalizations.
- Allows patients to return to their own home, or home-like setting, where they are surrounded by a familiar environment, including their family, friends, and pets. This environment allows patients to die with dignity in their home knowing that someone is available to assist their family members when needed. (Research has shown that the majority of Americans would prefer to be at home at the end of life. Hospice makes this possible for most people.)
- Allows patients to leave their home to go on outings and participate in day-to-day activities, as tolerated, as long as possible.
- Provides control of pain, nausea, shortness of breath, and other symptoms by initiating new comfort medications, discontinuing some medications that may be causing unwanted side effects, and adding medical equipment.
- Provides 24/7 access to doctors, nurses, pharmacist, hospice aides, social workers, bereavement counselors, volunteers, medication, and medical equipment. (Hospice provides expert medical care as well as spiritual and emotional support to patients and families.)
- Hospice is all about living life to its fullest. Hospice helps people with life-limiting illness focus on living life as fully as possible, for as long as possible.
- Research has shown people receiving hospice care can live longer than similar patients who do not opt for hospice.
If you need more information on how Hospice of Southern Illinois can support your loved one, or just have questions to see if we can help, please don’t wait. Peace of mind matters. Contact us early to see how the hospice philosophy can help improve an individual’s quality of life. No one has to go through the dying process alone. There comes a time, to ask how hospice can help. Hospice of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit hospice program serving 27 counties in southern Illinois since 1981.
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