What is The Philosophy of Hospice Care?

By: Tom Gallagher
Monday, September 20, 2021

Hospices offer end-of-life care to patients, making the person’s last moments comfortable and peaceful. This can help the patient accept their impending death with as little stress as possible. Many families find it challenging to care for a loved one who has very few days left on earth.

We at Gallagher Funeral Home have seen people in a quandary when they are in this kind of situation and recommend they consider hospice care for their loved ones. This is the core philosophy of hospice care:

The Focus Is On Minimizing The Person’s Pain

Those who are on the last legs sometimes experience significant discomfort and pain. Hospice care focuses on minimizing the patient’s pain through various means such as prescription medications, relaxing massages, some physical activity if the person is able to, etc. The professionals at the hospice make sure that the patient experiences minimal pain and discomfort in their last days.

Reducing The Psychological And Emotional Impact

While family members have a difficult time coping with the idea of losing a loved one, the latter may also experience immense grief, feel helpless, or be in denial. These emotions can affect them and it’s where hospice staff can help. The trained professionals are there to support, listen to, and counsel the person.

There Should Be No Regrets

A person who is about to breathe his or her last breath will want to live their final days without any remorse or regrets. Some people also have bucket lists and hospice care providers try their best to help the patient tick off as many of the to-dos on that list.

A hospice provides comfort, and consistent care to their patients so that they can live their last moments in dignity and with as little stress as possible. For information about our funeral services, feel free to call Gallagher Funeral Home at 318-640-1375.

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