Losing a family member is one of the most difficult experiences we go through in life. Whether the loss was expected or not, we understand the pain that families and other loved ones endure. At Avon Health Center, we offer hospice care, a highly specialized medical approach to end-of-life care. Hospice can have many benefits for terminally ill patients who want to spend their final days with dignity and without pain.

First, how do you know when it’s time for a loved one to seek hospice care?

The Time for Hospice Care

nurse holding a patient's handHospice is a common choice for patients facing a terminal diagnosis, such as cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer’s. Six months or less to live is the typical life expectancy for hospice patients. When there is nothing more that medicine can do to help your loved one and their symptoms outweigh the burden of further treatment, hospice is an available option. For people who want to end their lives with dignity, hospice allows them to be in control of their final days. Whether you need physical, emotional or spiritual support, the goal of hospice care at Avon Health Center is to ease your pain in a comfortable and safe environment.

Why Choose Hospice?

When quality of life has deteriorated to the point that the ability to complete Activities of Daily Living is completely lost and someone needs constant care, hospice is often the best choice. For instance, the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms that cancer patients in hospice care make less trips to the hospital and have fewer medical bills. Other benefits of hospice care include:

  • Control of Care: Hospice is all about the patient’s needs. Until your loved one’s final moment, care is focused on how he or she wants to go through the end-of-life process.
  • Personalized Care: Hand-in-hand with control of care, hospice is tailored to the patient’s requests. Care is also provided 24/7, so the family can take a break and rest assured that their loved one is being cared for by our skilled staff.
  • Support for the Family: Emotional counseling is available for the family of a patient in hospice. We collaborate with trained professionals to provide spiritual and emotional support throughout the end-of-life process.
  • Preservation of Dignity: At Avon Health Center, we stress the importance of helping our hospice patients feel dignified through their final day. In hospice care, your loved one no longer has to undergo invasive medical tests and can end life in comfort and peace.

If your loved one needs hospice care, learn more about admission to Avon Health Center.