Hospice care is about providing an essential service that ensures terminally ill loved ones are properly and compassionately cared for as they approach the end of their lives. Palliative carefocuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. In both cases, the goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
As November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, the team at Bridges, our hospice in South Jersey, would like to raise awareness about these services — and the importance of reaching out for compassionate end-of-life care when it becomes necessary.
We’re also taking this month as an opportunity to celebrate the lives of the residents we care for and the dedicated staff who put all their efforts into ensuring the comfort and dignity of those in their care.
Get to Know What Hospice Care is All About
Each year, around 1.4 million people with life-limiting illnesses receive and benefit from hospice care in the USA. Whether provided at home, in a hospice, assisted living facility or hospital, this care service focuses on symptom and pain management, psychosocial support and emotional support for patients and their loved ones.
This is critical during the last six months of life, when health conditions are no longer curable or treatable, ensuring that terminally ill loved ones have the best quality care and support they need during this journey — and guaranteeing that friends and family spend as much quality time with them as possible in pleasant, comfortable surroundings.
Each patient will have a professional interdisciplinary team dedicated to delivering care tailored to their specific needs and health conditions. This includes doctors and nurses as well as therapists, wellness specialists and more.
In many high-quality hospice communities, residents have private apartments and may to bring many of the comforts of home with them. In most settings, families are well-accommodated and encouraged to spend time — including meals — with their loved ones. There are also spiritual and emotional support structures available for families and loved ones to help them through this time.
Is Our Hospice Neighborhood in South Jersey the Right Choice for Your Senior Loved One? Speak to Our Team Today
At The Shores, a part of the well-known United Methodist Communities non-profit organization in New Jersey, we offer compassionate, professional hospice care in the Jersey Shore area called Bridges. It focuses on creating a nurturing and comforting environment for residents and their loved ones through customized care programs and compassionate support. To find out more about our hospice in the Jersey Shore area, please visit our website at https://theshores.umcommunities.org/hospice-care-nj/ or contact us today and organize your visit.