The people that live in and around Larose are known for their sense of community, caring nature, and strong family bonds. When difficult times occur, the citizens of Larose have a reputation for pulling together and supporting each other, just as they did when Katrina rained destruction upon Louisiana’s communities. Unfortunately, life itself is filled with storms, and while the forces of nature brings most storms, others are simply a part of life. Likely none more distressing than when a person we care for develops a terminal illness. Still, these storms happen to every one of us. Inevitably, we will all need to deal with the passing of our loved ones because each of our lives will ultimately come to an end.
When a loved one is coming to the end of their life’s journey, many of us are not prepared and oftentimes at a loss as to where to go for the assistance we require to help us through this challenging and often unfamiliar aspect of life. In most circumstances, hospice is the solution we are seeking to help us with the challenges of taking care of our loved ones 24 hours a day.
Many Larose residents most likely think that hospice is a place which terminally ill people go to pass away. However, hospice is not a place, and it isn’t about dying. The truth is, hospice is a compassionate, holistic medical care which improves the quality of life for our patients and their family caregivers. It also lets individuals that have a terminal illness to live the best life possible with the time they have remaining.
Hospice also allows people nearing the end of their lives to continue to live in Larose and live in their homes with their families close to them. As a matter of fact, nearly ninety percent of people who choose hospice as a treatment continue to remain in their residences up until they pass on. It does not matter if they live in a house, a retirement community, or an apartment in Larose because hospice is almost always conducted in a patient’s home, regardless of where they call home. Hospice Associates’ caring staff will travel to your Larose home and administer the compassionate care you or your loved one requires, and we will do it whenever you or your loved one requires it, anytime, 24-7. Hospice Associates is only a phone call away.
How is it that a single word could cause so much dread?
How does a single word often cause people to cringe?
One word that many people never want to hear…
That word is HOSPICE, and it’s not nearly as scary as you may make it out to be. Hospice should not be a thing to be feared, hospice is something to be welcomed.
Hospice was originally a home intended for those with a fatal disease– a place where the dying would go to live out the final days of their lives. Nowadays, hospice is no longer thought of as a place. Instead, it is now thought of as a service that delivers comfort and care to patients in their own homes. Regardless of whether that home is in a nursing home, assisted living facility, a member of the families’ home, or their very own home. Hospice can be administered to patients no matter where they consider home.
One of the biggest myths regarding hospice I have run into is that many people commonly presume hospice is reserved exclusively for people that may only have a short while left to live. The fact is hospice becomes accessible when a doctor informs their patient that their disease is terminal and a cure is no longer attainable.
My personal experience as a hospice nurse have offered me the to witness the beauty of what hospice care can provide to a family. One of the things I often learn from family members is that they wish they would have known hospice was available well before they did. I think this is because hospice reduces the burden placed on family members and gives them peace of mind. Once they understand the relief hospice provides, families can start to appreciate the short time they have remaining with the people they love.
I believe this is because the more quickly hospice is offered to a family, the sooner they can let go of the stress and fear of being the only ones giving care to their family member. And when they realize the relief hospice can provide, they have the opportunity to begin enjoying the time they have left with their loved one.
We help walk families through every facet of the disease process, so they can understand how illness will advance and what they can come to anticipate. Then when things occur, we are readily available to respond to all of their questions and address any worries they may have. With this knowledge and understanding, families lose the fear of the unfamiliar and are provided the resources they need to help their loved ones through the dying process.
This is not only for our patients but also for their families. Comfort is a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. Hospice offers patients and their families with spiritual, psychosocial, and physical comfort. Pain can be brought on by many different things, however, it isn’t limited to just bodily pain.
Hospice also aids to take off the restraints you may feel your condition has placed on you. For a few, possessing the knowledge and understanding what to expect can be liberating. We never put restrictions on what our patients can or can not do. Our goal is to help you be as comfortable and live every moment that you have remaining to the fullest with the ones you love.
The majority of hospice care is provided in-home, irrespective of the place the patient considers home. Hospice Care may be offered at your personal residence, nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, or family homes.
Hospice care, even in-home hospice care is almost always completely covered by Medicare and Medicaid, so hospice care is something everybody that needs it can afford. Individual insurance can sometimes help fund the expense of things Medicare and Medicaid might not cover.