Patients generally require hospice care if a doctor determines that life expectancy is six months or less. This is usually the case for very frail patients with terminal illnesses. Nursing home hospice care involves 24-hour nursing care as well as emotional and psychological support.
The focus is on pain assessment and management, as well medications and equipment to control severe illness. Spiritual and psychological services, bereavement support, and short-term respite care for caregivers, are key aspects of the service. If the patient’s relatives request that the patient’s death be attended by hospice staff, this can also be arranged.
The first person to talk to if you need to find nursing home hospice care for a loved one is your doctor. Read up about end-of-life care and the available services in your area. This may require diligence, patience, and a willingness to explore issues with end-of-life specialists. Don’t be afraid to ask all the personal and sensitive questions you want.
Nursing home hospice care often focuses on the digestive system – the first organ system to shut down. The hallmarks of such care are compassion, loving kindness, and ensuring patient comfort. Care, including pain relief, may increase once the patient enters the active dying stage. Once a patient has reached this stage, in most cases life expectancy is often just a few days.
Apart from physical and occupational therapy, Haym Salomon Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brooklyn NY offers complementary services, such as recreation therapy and fun activities. We do everything we can to make nursing home hospice care the best it can be.
Feel free to call us and ask any question you may have. We are happy to speak with you further if you can come to see us here in Brooklyn NY. Contact us for more information.