Crossroads helps patients and families spend quality time together during the holidays.
The holidays are a time of family, friends, gift giving and gratitude. They can also be a time of stress, increased fatigue and financial burden. Hospice can reduce many of these unwanted issues.
Did you know?
• Hospice provides specialized nursing care to the patient and controls the symptoms associated with a life-limiting illness that can enable the patient to participate in holiday activities and festivities.
• Grief support counselors are available 24 hours a day to offer guidance, emotional support, and at times, just a shoulder to lean on.
• Spiritual support counselors are available to offer spiritual guidance and support during the stressful holiday season.
• Hospice provides, and pays for, medications, equipment and supplies related to the hospice patient’s terminal illness, which reduces financial stress common during the holiday season.
• Hospice aides can assist with personal care such as bathing, dressing, light housekeeping, meal preparation and feedings, which allows the family to focus on holiday preparations. (The hospice aide can also help the patient dress for family get-togethers.)
• Hospice can provide respite care, up to five days, which may allow the family to attend holiday functions and can reduce the time constraints associated with caring for a terminally ill loved one.
When to think about hospice.
• Disease is life threatening.
• Visits the ER frequently.
• Day-to-day living is very uncomfortable.
• Treatment is no longer effective.
• Has a diminished quality of life.
My patient would benefit from:
•Emotional and spiritual support.
•Light housekeeping and meal prep.