How Hospice Can Help
Most patients who are suffering from the later stages of lung cancer wonder how they can stay at home and still get the medical care they need. If you or someone you love are battling lung cancer, you should consider talking with your doctor about hospice care. The following article will answer the most common questions concerning hospice care.
The first question that most lung cancer patients ask is when is the appropriate time to seek hospice assistance. The answer to this question depends on each patient. For example, some patients need hospice care immediately on diagnosis, while others decide to wait until near the end of their life.
One thing that needs to be understood is that hospice care is not only end of life care, but it is also palliative care. Palliative care can be defined as multi-level approach to keeping the patient comfortable in all aspects of his life. With hospice, the patients receive visits from the hospice doctor, a registered nurse, a certified nurses assistant, a social worker and a chaplain. In addition to these professionals, some patients will be regularly visited by a physical therapist, nutritionist and even a counselor. Each of these will work with the patient to ensure that he is getting the best care possible.
The hospice registered nurse has the ability to order medicines and administer them to the patient. If the patient needs new or different dosing instructions, the registered nurse will call the hospice doctor. The patient’s hospice doctor will work with his primary care physician as well as any specialist involved in the treatment of the disease, including the chemotherapy doctor, radiation doctor and lung specialist.
Sometimes a patient requires round the clock care. When this happens, hospice is there to help. There are many hospice centers throughout the country. In a hospice care center, the patient will be offered a private room which will include a sitting area and bedroom area. With this type of setting, the patient’s family members can stay with the patient. One of the primary benefits of a hospice care center is the patient’s family members can concentrate on keeping the patient happy, while the staff administers medication, cooks meals and helps patients with bathing.
Because hospice is not affiliated with any religious organization, patients can expect that their religious beliefs will be respected. The hospice staff helps patients facilitate their own beliefs. With hospice, no one will ever try to push their particular religion on a patient.
Hospice offers both occupational and physical therapy for patients who need such services. Occupational therapy is often used in conjunction with physical therapy; however, some patients only receive one type of therapy. Occupational therapy can be defined as therapy to help patients regain the necessary skills to carry out their day to day activities. Physical therapy is targeted therapy to certain areas of the body to provide relief from pain.
When it comes to end stage lung cancer, hospice care is often recommended. By understanding what hospice care is and how it can help the patient comfortably stay at home, families are able to make the transition to hospice care.