As your care recipient nears the end of his or her life you will help the care recipient carry out many hard decisions those decisions…

Try: As your care recipient nears the end of his or her life you will help the care recipient carry out many hard decisions those decisions include what kind of care the care recipient would like to receive and where end of life care options include curative treatment is any medical treatment that is given to cure the care recipient’s disease or to try to help him or her live longer palliative care helps to provide relief from pain and any other symptoms the care recipient may have with his or her disease the palliative care team will help coordinate the care recipient’s medical care with other doctors and help the care recipient with medical decisions palliative care also provides emotional and spiritual support for the care recipient’s family or other caregivers hospice care provides palliative care for people who are close to the end of life choosing where to die home care the care recipient may choose to die at home or in the home of a family member hospice care can be provided at home inpatient care the care recipient may prefer round-the-clock care at a nursing home hospital or dedicated inpatient hospice facility hospice and palliative care can be provided in any of these settings choosing the right option when you discuss the options with the care recipient consider the care recipient’s preferences special physical emotional and psychosocial needs he or she might have available support network–how much support can be provided by family members and friends finances and insurance coverage seek professional advice talk with your care recipient’s health care team or a social worker you might also want to ask for a referral to palliative or hospice care specialists these are health care providers trained in specific care for people nearing the end of life finding end or life care below are some resources you can use to locate end of life care options state resources you can contact your state’s departments of health or social services or department on aging to get a list of licensed agencies the state health department oversees certification of hospice services certification makes them eligible for medicare and medicaid payments google maps you can find nearby hospices by going to google maps and enter your city state and the word "hospice" without the quotation marks in the upper left-hand corner of the page click on search maps and you will see the locations of community hospices some of the facilities listed may be home health care or other services but all of the area hospices will be somewhere in the list with contact numbers the national hospice and palliative care organization information references "hospice" by carepathways com 2011 available at "capc development tool needs assessment checklist" by center to advance palliative care available at "care at the end of life – overview" healthwise 2010 available at "end of life caring for a dying loved one" by mayo foundation for medical education and research 2011 available at

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Categories: Sage, Topic, Caregiver Needs&Support, Medical Physical, Independence, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Unaware

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Keywords: End of life hospice care palliative care alternative care options

*This information is listed as a Fact Sheet and is not explicitly medically licensed

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