The people who live in and around Galliano are well known for their civic pride, generous nature, and strong family values. Whenever tough times occur, the citizens of Galliano have a reputation for coming together and supporting one another, just as they did when Hurricane Katrina rained chaos upon Southern Louisiana’s parishes. Regrettably, life itself is filled with storms, and while the forces of nature cause most storms, others are just a part of life. None more overwhelming than when somebody we care about develops a terminal illness. Still, these storms happen to each of us. Eventually, we all will need to suffer through the passing of the people we love because each of our lives will ultimately come to its end.
When someone we love is coming to the end of their lives, many of us are poorly prepared and frequently at a loss as to where to look for the guidance we need to help us through this challenging and often unfamiliar aspect of life. In many instances, hospice care is the answer we are seeking to support us with the challenges of taking care of our loved ones full-time.
The majority of Galliano residents probably think that hospice is a facility that sick people go to pass away. But, hospice isn’t a place, and it is not about dying. The truth is, hospice is a compassionate, holistic medical care which improves the quality of life for the people in our care and their loved ones. It also lets people who have a terminal illness to live the best life possible with the time they have been given.
Hospice also makes it possible for people nearing the end of their lives to continue to live in Galliano and reside in their homes with their families nearby them. As a matter of fact, around ninety percent of people who choose hospice as a treatment continue to stay in their homes until they pass on. It doesn’t matter if they live in a house, a retirement community, or an apartment in Galliano because hospice is almost always conducted in a patient’s home, regardless of the place they call home. Hospice Associates’ experienced staff will come to your Galliano home and administer the compassionate care you or your loved one needs, and we will do it whenever you or your loved one requires it, anytime, 24 hours a day. Hospice Associates is no more than a phone call away.
How is it that a single word can instill so much anxiety? How does one word often cause people to cringe?One word that many people never want to hear…
The word is HOSPICE, and it’s not as scary as one might make it out to be. Hospice shouldn’t be a thing to fear, hospice is something to be welcomed.
Hospice was originally a shelter for those with an incurable disease– a place where the dying would go to live out the remainder of their lives. Nowadays, hospice is no longer thought of as a place. Instead, it is now thought of as a medical service that administers comfort and care to terminally ill patients in their homes. Whether that home is inside a nursing home, assisted living facility, relatives’ home, or their personal home. Hospice can be offered to patients irrespective of the location they consider home.
Among the most prevalent mistaken beliefs regarding hospice I’ve run into is that many people commonly believe hospice is exclusively for individuals that only have a few days left to live. The fact is hospice becomes available when a physician informs their patient that their condition is incurable and a cure is no longer attainable.
My personal experience as a hospice nurse have offered me the chance to experience the blessing of what hospice care can offer to a family. Among the many things I often hear from families is that they wish they would have known hospice was available long before they did. I believe this is because hospice reduces the burden placed on the family and gives them peace of mind. Once they understand the relief hospice offers, families can begin to enjoy the short time they have left with the ones they love.
I think this is because the more quickly hospice is offered to a patient’s family, the sooner they can let go of the anxiety and fear of being the only ones providing care to their loved one. And when they realize the freedom it provides, they have the capacity to begin enjoying the time they have left with their loved one.
We help walk families through each and every component of the disease process, so they can understand how disease will advance and what they should come to expect. Then, as things occur, our team is available to answer all of their questions and address any concerns they might have. Because of this knowledge and understanding, families lose the fear of the unknown and are provided the tools they need to help their loved ones throughout the process of dying.
This is not only for our patients but also for their families. Comfort is a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. Hospice provides hospice patients and families with spiritual, psychosocial, and physical comfort. Pain can be caused by many different things, but it isn’t restricted to just physical pain.
Hospice can also help to clear away the restraints you might believe your illness has put upon you. Our mission is for you to be comfortable and live each moment you have left to the fullest with your loved ones.
The majority of hospice care is provided in-home, irrespective of the place the patient considers home. Hospice may be provided at your personal residence, nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, or family residences.
Hospice care, even in-home hospice is usually completely covered by Medicare and Medicaid, so hospice care is something everybody that needs it can afford. Individual insurance can occassionaly help subsidize the cost of items Medicaid and Medicare might not cover.
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