Those things which we do not understand are most often the things that cause the most stress. In school for example, some students dread the walk to their algebra class. A feeling of stress and imminent doom overwhelm them as they ponder the question, “What does X really equal anyway?” Whereas for some, algebra comes easy and stress is not a part of their journey to mathematical wizardry. The difference – the level of knowledge and understanding.
Much more significant than algebraic equations, are issues related to health. What treatments are needed? How will I pay for my care? Who will take care of me? Will it hurt? Will I be alone?
You aren’t expected to understand everything; no one does. However when it comes to your health understanding is crucial. Hospice is a specialized form of healthcare which functions through an interdisciplinary team of experts who do understand all of the unique needs of end-of-life care. With social workers, chaplains, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and more; a hospice team is built specifically to meet all of the needs of both the patient and the family.
When it comes to understanding, hospice is one of the least understood aspects of healthcare. So many people avoid the “hospice conversation” until it is too late. Hospice is not a place to die or even a way to die. Hospice is a way for you to choose to live your final months.
According to recent research, seventy percent of all people would prefer to spend their final days in their own home; however, in reality only around thirty percent of patients actually do. Making the choice to elect your hospice benefit is not making a choice to give up. Choosing hospice is choosing how you will define your life.
Live your life without fear as your hospice team works to meet every need that you and your loved ones have during this critical time. Your final months should be spent living your dreams, not visiting doctors.
Life is all about the choices you make. When it comes to your health it is important that you make the best choice possible. Hospice empowers you with the opportunity of spending quality time the way you choose, in the place you decide. No matter what you may be facing, take control of your health and find a redefined hope for a better quality of life.