We spend a lot of time talking about dementia.
My book is titled LET’S TALK DEMENTIA and so is the podcast on iTunes.
We just released on YouTube our first video in a series that is called (wait for it) …. “Let’s Talk Dementia”.
You can check it out HERE.
Those words roll off my tongue many times a day. Today, however, let’s talk about hospice.
Senior Life Journeys works with clients all over our great country, and I have been asked this question twice in the last week. “Carol, should we call in hospice for mom?” My answer is always, “If she qualifies for hospice, then YES, YES, YES!” Let’s discuss why.
First of all, in most every county there are many options for hospice care companies. When I went through the dying process with my dad in 1994, we had one hospice company to choose from. The decision was pretty easy! In our part of the country, there are about twenty hospice companies to pick and choose from. The decision of which company to use is up to YOU – the family.
I have heard it said a family was required to use a specific hospice company. Uhh…. you might want to investigate that. You are free to choose whomever you desire for the care of your loved one. Investigate the companies. Ask around.
All patients do not require the same level of care. Medicare allows four levels of care to meet the needs of patients. These levels are routine home care, continuous home care, general inpatient care, and inpatient respite care. Hospice care is designed to allow the patient to remain in their home, no matter where that might be.
A good hospice offers palliative or supportive care. This helps provide a better quality of life for the patient as they face the final stages of their illness.
Having an extra set of hands, eyes, and ears involved in the care of your loved one is a welcomed experience, and there is not a charge to use hospice. When the time comes for your loved one to bring hospice care on board, don’t hesitate. You will be glad you did!
Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.
One Sunday morning a mother went into her son’s bedroom and said, “Wake up! It’s time to go to church.”
The son rolled over and said, “I don’t want to go to church today.”
His mom was stunned. “What do you mean? You have to go to church. Why wouldn’t you want to go?”
He responded, “I’ll give you two really good reasons. ONE – I don’t like any of those people. TWO – They don’t like me.”
His mom was perplexed, but she responded, I’ll give you two reasons why you ARE going to church. ONE – you are 59 years old. TWO – YOU ARE THE PASTOR!
Sometimes, You’ve Just Got To Laugh!