1. Symptom Management
Active, progressive and far-advanced conditions come with a variety of symptoms (eg. nausea, bowel irritation and fatigue) of varying intensity. Managing these symptoms can be difficult for both you and the patient. Hospice and palliative care can help to ease these symptoms through medications, nutritional changes and self-help techniques. Receiving experienced help in managing such symptoms can significantly increase the quality of life for the patient, and reduce the burden of caregiving.
2. Pain Management
A patient with a far-advanced condition usually experience a significant amount of pain which may be caused by surgery, treatment, injuries or the condition itself. Each type of pain needs to be specifically treated to ensure maximum effectiveness of treatment. Treatments can be a combination of medications and other therapies, or just one method.
Pain management is a complex matter. Hospice and palliative caregivers have the know-how to best relieve the patient of his pain. By choosing to receive hospice and palliative care, the patient has better chances of experiencing effective pain relief.
3. Low-cost Medication and Checkups
Hospices can provide the patient with some of his medication at low costs. The patient can also receive regular checkups at his home free of charge. This means he can be cared for in the comfort of his own home without going back to the hospital for minor checkups.
4. Socio-emotional Support
Upon diagnosis, the patient and his family will be in emotional turmoil. It is difficult for you to comfort the patient or vice versa. Hospice and palliative caregivers are trained to cope with such situations. They can offer sound advice to you and the patient on how to handle all the emotions, and help the patient focus on more important matters. While creating a cheerful environment is unrealistic, it will be helpful to have a trained hospice and palliative caregiver put things into perspective.
5. Caregiver Training
Aside from helping patients directly through home care, day care and in-patient care, hospices also run regular training programs to train you in caring for patients in the right manner. Such trainings will increase your confidence in caring for the patient, and reassure the patient about the quality of care that he is receiving. These trainings will empower you to provide the best care for your loved ones.