Hospice care is a special type of care that focuses on the quality of life of people and their caregivers who are experiencing an advanced life-limiting illness. Hospice care provides compassionate care to people in the later stages of an incurable disease so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Unlike other medical care, the goal of hospice care is not to cure the underlying disease. The goal is to support the highest possible quality of life for the time that remains.
Increasingly, people are choosing hospice care at the end of life. Hospice care focuses on the care, comfort, and quality of life of a person with a serious illness nearing the end of life. Hospice is essentially a philosophy of care that accepts death as the final stage of life; just as birth is the beginning. The goal of hospice is to enable patients to spend their last days with dignity and enjoy a quality of life surrounded by their loved ones.
Although death is a natural part of life, the idea of dying understandably still scares many of us. For many in Western society, death remains a taboo subject. As a result, many patients and their families remain reluctant to discuss the possibility of receiving palliative care or palliative care. While most people would prefer to die in their own homes, the norm remains for terminally ill patients to die in hospital, receiving treatment that is unwanted or ineffective.
Usually, your loved ones have only limited access and often do not share their last moments of life. palliative care has shown over time that it can help extend life expectancy with hospice use. The literature reports that most cancer patients are diagnosed in the later stages and, since there is no cure, they will need palliative care at some point during their illness. However, most developing countries, including India, have failed to establish hospices; as a result, large numbers of cancer patients remain deprived of palliative care.
To initiate better access to hospices, it is important to understand the benefits of hospices. Therefore, this study aims to explore the advantages of hospice care from the perspective of patients with advanced cancer living in hospice centers. Hospice, which now exists in every state, provides home care and support to terminally ill patients. Considered as a model of compassionate, quality end-of-life care, hospice involves a team approach to care that helps patients remain comfortable and independent for as long as possible.
At the heart of hospice care is the idea that people have the right to die without pain and dignity. Hospice shifts focus from care, from healing to care, and from treatment to pain and symptom management. Family members are usually the primary caregivers of dying patients, living at home and performing most daily tasks. Volunteers also play an important role in supporting families, paying attention to and helping with household chores, shopping, and other tasks.
Patients may have endured difficulties during the course of the illness, but their stay in the hospice has brought them general satisfaction in life. Future studies are recommended to incorporate a greater number of participants from different hospices and the views of caregivers. Hospice services include nursing care, medication for symptom management, housewife services, chaplain services, physical therapy, and counseling. Hospice care is usually provided in the comfort of your own home and a family member acts as the primary caregiver, supervised by professional medical personnel.
However, the cost of living in these settings may not be fully covered by your insurance, so it's best to find out if insurance covers this type of care before calling hospice. Participants compared hospice to their own home and even to God's home because of the level of care they received. During care, hospice team members serve as important sources of support and information regarding pain and symptom management, as well as end-of-life issues. Interdisciplinary hospice care teams provide “comprehensive body care” by addressing not only physical needs, but also psychosocial and spiritual needs.
The hospice took care of all the participants' concerns, which made the participants feel happy and comfortable. When asked if they felt any difference being in the hospice from home, their responses were satisfactory, as they mentioned that their pain had diminished and expressed their satisfaction at receiving such good care services. In a complete hospice program, a medical director is available to the attending physician, patient, and care team as a consultant and resource. Intentional sampling was used to recruit participants of a hospice that provides palliative care to patients with terminal cancer in Bengaluru.
Hospice care brings together a team of people with special abilities, including nurses, doctors, social workers, spiritual counselors, and trained volunteers. . .