As more and more people learn about the benefits of enrolling in a hospice program for end-of-life care, the number of people choosing to die at home has also risen. Studies show that those who die at home are more likely to have a better, more peaceful transition than those who die in the hospital. If you’re unsure whether receiving end-of-life care at home is right for you, here are some things to consider.
Dying at home means your loved ones can be there whenever you need them, rather than only during hospital visiting hours. Not only does this provide you with emotional and physical support, but it also helps your loved ones feel more confident in your care plan, knowing that they can be with you every step of the way. According to a study conducted by Biomed Central, relatives of a loved one who chooses to die at home tend to experience less intense grief.
With the help of hospice care, you can still receive top-notch pain management care at home. In the same study conducted by Biomed Central, patients who chose to die at home reported that their pain levels were no more significant than those who received end-of-life care in a hospital setting. Additionally, those who chose to die at home were reported to experience a more peaceful death than those who died at a hospital or in-patient setting.
Finally, many patients with terminal illness fear becoming a burden on their families. While the conversation about your ideal care plan with family members and loved ones is important, know that there’s a difference between choosing to die at home with the help of a hospice care program and choosing to die at home with a family member acting as a caregiver. While some family members prefer to jump into the caregiver role, others may be anxious about the responsibility. Opting for hospice care allows your family members to simply be with you during your last moments, while skilled hospice team members ensure your emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.
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