End of Life Care in Frisco, TX
Find out about the benefits seniors receive from end of life care.
End of life care, or hospice services, are designed to help a person maximize their quality of life during their final months. While palliative, or comfort, care is available from the initial diagnosis of a condition and continues through the very end, the specific aspects of hospice care start once curative treatments and procedures have ceased. This typically occurs in the final stages of a progressive illness, cancer, or serious injury. The purpose of end of life care is not to find a cure but to control pain and symptoms while enhancing an individual's sense of well-being.
In addition to the physical aspects of care, end of life treatments aim to address social, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual needs as well. This is accomplished by an entire team of professionals ranging from doctors, nurses, and social workers to clergy, therapists, and non-medical support staff.
What to Expect from End of Life Care
One of the most important aspects of end of life care is pain management. Most seniors who are in their final months of life experience pain, yet far too many have their symptoms under-treated or not treated at all. This is especially true when seniors have communication challenges, cognitive impairments, dementia, or delirium. In these cases, it is essential that a senior's baseline condition be understood and that pain is assessed on a regular basis. Since most medical staff do not have regular, on-going contact with seniors, especially when the senior is aging in place, in-home caregivers play an essential role in identifying and communicating a seniors condition and changing needs.
Another essential end of life care component, when it comes to pain management, is determining the extent of opioid use. Opioids are commonly used to treat medium to severe pain, but they can also dramatically impact a person's level of consciousness, alertness, and lucidity. Further, states and localities may limit the use of opioids in an at-home setting, especially in the absence of medical supervision due to the inherent risks of overmedication and respiratory depression. In other words, seniors who live alone and do not have anybody to look after them may not be able to receive the level of pain management support that they desire. In these cases, Comfort Keepers can help.
In short, end of life care can greatly enhance a senior's quality of life as they enter into their final months, weeks, or days. Sadly, many seniors do not take advantage of hospice services until the very end, if at all. This greatly increases the level of needless pain and suffering. To find out more about the many ways Comfort Keepers end of life care can benefit your senior loved one, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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Office Location: 6136 Frisco Square Blvd #487c, Frisco, TX 75034