Whether due to general aging, a rapid decline in health, terminal illness, or complications from an ongoing chronic condition, hospice care is often suggested to keep your loved one comfortable during their final days. Below are the answers to some of your most pressing questions regarding hospice care.

What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is designed to provide medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources to your loved ones, who are facing their final days. Hospice services are designed to be short-term comfort care; however, hospice is not designed to provide recovery treatment.

How Do You Know It Is Time For Hospice Care?

If you, your spouse, or loved one is receiving treatment for a decline in health, and their primary care physician has determined there is no more that can be done, hospice is often the next step. Depending upon the severity of symptoms and need for care, hospice is offered at home, or in a skilled facility such as Oakwood Estates Nursing and Rehab. Sometimes, hospice begins at home, and as health declines, the need for more frequent skilled care may lead to a transfer to a St. Louis hospice facility.

Why Choose Hospice Care?

You might be wondering what the difference between hospice care and general health care is. Hospice care is treatment, delivered by a team of skilled medical professionals, who specialize in end-of-life care. This team consists of nurses, CNAs, social workers, therapists, and physicians. The hospice team can also provide either denomination-specific or non-denominational spiritual guidance and resources, which many seek during their final days.

How Does Hospice Assist Family Members?

Whether you opt for hospice in-home or at Oakwood Estates Nursing and Rehab, hospice also provides assistance for family members. Those who opt for in-home hospice have access to 24-hour support, both by phone and in person—and ongoing visits are scheduled as needed. Whether at home or at our St. Louis facility, spiritual counseling, therapy, and support resources are offered to family members as they face the emotional roller coaster of losing a loved one.

Do Hospice Facilities Provide Respite Services?

Yes, hospice is available for caregiver respite. Hospice care can be quite draining for family members, both physically and emotionally. Those who receive hospice at home can schedule respite care, so they can run errands or simply catch up on sleep. If caring for a loved one at home full-time has become too overwhelming, or you simply cannot take any more time off from work—hospice can be provided full-time at Oakwood Estates Nursing and Rehab.

When you choose hospice care at our St. Louis facility, friends and family can still stop by and visit as much as they like, but loved ones can rest assured that our services will improve comfort, quality of care, and reduce stress of an already challenging time.