Hospice Care: Quality of Life, Not Just End of Life
When people hear hospice care, they probably think of the care given to a person at the end of their life. And, while this is true, there is often the misconception that once someone enters hospice care, they are “giving up” or waiting to die. Hospice care is not just about preparing someone for their final days but enhancing the quality of life for that person weeks and months before.
The Value of Hospice
Quality of Care. Quality of Life.
At Faith Hospice, we don’t just ask a patient to think, “What are my wishes for how to die?” but, “What are my wishes for how I want to live?” From playing music at a patient’s bedside to getting them ready to attend a family function or helping them cross items off their “bucket list”, we are there to help.
The care we provide also extends to a patient’s loved ones. By keeping them informed and included, we can put together a treatment plan that best enhances the patient’s quality of life. With established goals, a set plan, and a schedule in place, we can help a patient’s end of life journey become closer to what they want it to be.
A Longer Stay for Better Care.
In 1999, the average time spent in hospice was 28 days. In 2018, that number rose to nearly 80 days. As people become more aware of the benefits of extended care, hospice providers like Faith Hospice continue to evolve. The longer a patient is with us, the more we are able to get to know their hopes and wishes and see them to fruition. We want to be able to give our patients an end of life journey that is full of life. Longer stays give us more opportunities to do that.