Placing a loved one in hospice care is a very difficult time for millions of families across the country every year. While hospice is necessary to ease pain and discomfort, the prospect of nearing the end of life can cause even the strongest individual to lose hope without some form of support. All of us at OneSource greatly understand the need for companionship in this critical time.
Unfortunately, hospice can affect the relationships of friends, family, and other loved ones that are just as unprepared for the finality of those last weeks or days.
Spouse and Family Companionship
Seeing a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, or even a child suffer from a life-ending illness or condition is hard enough when fighting procedure after procedure. When faced with the choice between painful treatments or allowing their loved one to die at home, very few families will feel comfortable with either decision.
The time left to our patients should be spent in a loving environment. Even if there is a shared fear between every member of the family, supporting your loved one allows for two possible outcomes. First, that the individual in hospice is allowed to share their thoughts, feelings, and love for everyone. Second, that the whole family will harbor no regrets having lost the opportunity to say goodbye.
At OneSource, the last thing we want is for the burden of care to be placed solely on the shoulders of close family. In combination with dedicated hospice care, you will be able to focus on emotional and spiritual support while our nurses care for your loved one’s physical needs. We are here to answer questions like: “How do you prepare the home for hospice?”
Supporting a Friend
It is completely natural to feel out of place as someone outside of the family circle. However, close friends can be a great course of comfort for family and an invaluable companion until the very end.
Even if you don’t know what to say or what to do in those moments, merely being there is a great act of courage that will never go unnoticed or unappreciated. As shared by Jennifer Goodwin for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “When it comes to talking about dying or saying good-bye to someone you love, words may fail you… [but] sometimes you don’t need to say anything at all.”
If there are things unsaid or undone, the feelings of missing the opportunity can last a lifetime. Take advantage of the time you have left with your close friend. Don’t let fear force your love for them away.
Choose OneSource Home Health for Compassionate Hospice Care in Idaho Falls, Idaho
When the time has come to choose a home hospice company to work with, you should choose one with a proven record of compassionate service. OneSource Home Health and Hospice raises the standard of personalized medical care every day. Our hospice nurses assist our patients physically, but they also ease the burden of close and family and friends during these difficult times.
Discover how we can support your loved one. Give us a call at 208-524-0685 and make an appointment to discuss your home health care needs.