Having a plan is the first step to making a stressful situation a little easier. On Thursday, April 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Phaneuf Funeral Homes and the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire will jointly host a Hospice and Palliative Care Info Session. The event is free, and includes light refreshments and valuable information.
When faced with the prospect of prolonged illness or imminent death, most people are understandably full of worry and fear. It’s not just the idea of being sick that makes them uneasy; it’s the thought of spending weeks or even months in and out of the hospital, surrounded by doctors and strangers, away from the comfort of their own homes. That’s the reason so many turn to hospice or palliative care.
Hospice is a specialized type of care designed to provide support to those facing terminal illness. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than finding a cure. This type of care specializes in tending to the emotional, physical, medical, and spiritual needs of the terminally ill, along with their loved ones, during their time of need. Hospice care takes place in the patient’s home or in a comfortable home-like setting. This can include inns or hospice centers designed to be more tranquil and comfortable than the bustling setting of a hospital. The focus of hospice care is managing a patient’s pain and symptoms so that the patient may live as comfortably as possible, and make the most of the time that remains.
Palliative care, like hospice, focuses on improving the quality of life for patients. However, with this option, a patient does not have to be terminally ill. Palliative care is available to a much wider range of individuals for a variety of reasons. Palliative care teams are made up of doctors, nurses, and other professional caregivers, often at the facility where a patient will receive treatment. These individuals will administer or oversee most of the ongoing comfort-care that patients receive.
While hospice and palliative care are similar, the areas in which they differ the most are care location, timing, payment, and eligibility for services.
The trouble people seem to encounter with these programs is muddling through the overabundance of available information. Many factors are involved when determining whether or not hospice or palliative care is a good option for you or a loved one. Even if you get that far, how should you choose a hospice care provider? What are the different plan options? How much will it cost?
Professional guidance may be the best way to determine the right course for you or your loved ones. If you’re interested in learning more about hospice or palliative care, come to Phaneuf Funeral Homes, located at 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH on Thursday, April 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.