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Benefits of Hospice Services for Those with End Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

If you are reading this blog, it is likely someone you love has been waging a difficult physical and emotional battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Many patients and families currently suffering under the devastating effects of end stage Alzheimer’s disease can find relief with hospice care. By helping to relieve pain and control symptoms, hospice professionals can reduce anxiety and worry for patients and their families.

The Hospice Conversation

The hospice conversation is an important one and doesn’t have to be difficult.  Knowing what services are available to you and your family is empowering at a time when you may not feel powerful.  When you and your loved ones recognize hospice as a resource it’s easier for you to make informed decisions about next steps in the progression of care.

Should I be Considering Hospice?

It’s important to know if hospice services are something that will benefit you; at Anew we understand that Alzheimer’s can affect the entire family and during the most advanced stage of the dementia journey your loved one will require the most heartfelt efforts in care. A conversation with our team will help you determine the right time to explore having hospice professionals on your care team.

How Can Hospice Help Me?

Anew hospice care team members are educated professionals focused on your loved one’s changing physical and emotional needs and our services are tailored to serve your specific situation.  With our clinical and emotional support, you and your family can remain focused on living each day to its fullest measure together in the most comfortable environment possible.

Our team will develop a care plan with your physician that ensures your loved one’s physical needs are met.  Regular assessments by our nurses will monitor and address their symptoms, keeping them comfortable and reducing visits to the ER.

In addition to clinical coordination, at Anew we provide emotional and spiritual support in a way that reflects your family’s values and beliefs.  We can help you cope with the anxiety and myriad other feelings that accompany this chapter of life.  We understand that the progression of Alzheimer’s and the symptoms that accompany it; we will work with your family members and caregivers to educate them and make them comfortable caring for your loved one.

When’s the Right Time to Talk About Hospice?

Knowing your options in advance helps you make educated decisions in a timely manner so it’s important to have the hospice conversation as soon as you feel ready.  If your desire is to eventually provide your loved one an environment without pain and the side effects of aggressive treatment, you may want to start a conversation about hospice.  At Anew we are ready to talk with you.

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