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Transitioning to Hospice Care

By Megan C @ LivingSenior - May 6, 2013

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The transition to hospice care is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects that the elderly and their loved ones ultimately ever experience. Along the same purpose as “end of life” care, hospice care focuses on all of the elements that are involved and necessary with helping elderly individuals make their final transition after being diagnosed in the terminal stages of their condition, either due to illness or aging. As a result, it can be very difficult for the elderly and their family members to accept the reality of what is happening, though hospice care remains to be one of the leading resources towards helping them work towards that acceptance.
Hospice focuses on providing assistance with the transition to the elderly and their family members. For the elderly that are affected, the team tends to discuss some of the main aspects of what to expect. Individuals may be encouraged to interact with support groups for their condition and go through various types of therapy to help them deal with acceptance in the final stages. Hospice may also help individuals with handling some of the legal aspects that are associated with the final stages of their lives. For the family members of the affected individuals, hospice interacts with them to help them understand what is happening in these last stages of their loved one’s transition. They may explain various aspects and discuss these aspects in detail so that the family members are not afraid or anxious about what may happen to their loved ones in the end.
It is not uncommon for some seniors to be put in a hospice program and then removed from it, depending on the status of their health. There are many instances where the individual may recover and then no longer need the use of hospice at all. However, there are also many situations where the elderly may appear to have recovered and are removed from the hospice program, only to suffer a serious relapse. For this reason, it is difficult to say how long individuals may stay on hospice during their lifetime.
In some situations, have been on hospice for years. It’s a long process of joining the program and then seeming to improve, only to find that they relapse again. However, there have been other times when individuals have been put on hospice and then have passed on only weeks later. Ultimately, the role of hospice is to ease the experience of this transition and help individuals accept their future.