The purpose of hospice care is not to treat illness or to aid in recovery in anyway. Hospice care is unique, in that it provides your loved one with comfort care, and emotional and spiritual support during their final days. Your loved one may require hospice after a hard fight with illness, a chronic condition, or aging—but no matter how your loved one arrived at this chapter of life, they can benefit from the specialized support.

When To Know It’s Time for Hospice Care

After your loved one’s doctor has done everything in their power to treat and care for your loved one, and they determine there is nothing more they can do to improve their declining health—they will suggest hospice care as the next step. Hospice care can be provided at home, but may be easier to manage in a skilled nursing home such as Big River Nursing and Rehab.

Why Hospice Care is Helpful

When facing the final days of life, people often seek spiritual guidance, emotional support, and physical comfort. Feelings of fear and uncertainty about what comes next are just as common as physical discomfort and pain. These feelings are best addressed by trained professionals who specialize in end-of-life medical care. These professionals include CNAs, doctors, therapists, nurses, social workers, and spiritual advisors.

How Hospice Care Helps Family Members  

Family members of those facing the end-of-life need support too. Whether your loved one is staying at Big River, or receiving at-home hospice care, the hands-on care will no longer be entirely up to you. Your hospice social worker can even suggest local support groups and spiritual advisors.

Respite Care

For family caregivers, at-home hospice care can quickly become exhausting. Big River offers respite care when you need some time to yourself to recharge. Respite care is also a great way to decide whether you want to transition your loved one to a Cedar Hill nursing home full-time.

Big River Nursing and Rehab provides quality hospice care that gives you the peace of mind that the last days of your loved one’s life are comfortable. Give us a call today at (636) 274-1777 to learn more.