Terminal illness can cause a great deal of heartache and stress to the family of a victim. The person who is diagnosed with a terminal illness may need constant attention and care. Families and friends can help in many ways to help the sufferer. Over a period of time the patient’s loved ones, however, are going to struggle to keep up the high levels of attention that a patient suffering from a terminal illness can demand.
Hospices offer specialist palliative and medical support that may be beyond the resources of general hospitals. The hospice staff are specially trained to give the patient medical treatment in a dignified manner. Most hospices will also offer a “hospice at home” service, where qualified staff will attend to the patient in their own home when the condition worsens and the patient is not expected to survive for much longer. This gives the patient the opportunity to spend their last days in familiar surroundings with their close relatives in attendance.
Hospice care is most commonly offered to patients who are suffering from cancer which is beyond treatment. Advances in medicine have contributed to the detection and treatment of cancer at an early stage. Sadly, however, there are still thousands of deaths each year that are caused by various forms of cancer. Hospice care can offer patients a more dignified way to spend their remaining months.
Many hospices are owned and financed by registered charities that rely on public donations; much of which may come from grateful families of deceased patients. Hospices also encourage legacy payments from generous benefactors.
Hospices, while offering specialist care, can also release pressure on regular hospitals, freeing up beds for those patients who have a good chance of responding to treatment. Additional benefits for patients include shorter waiting times for crucial treatment when beds are more widely available.
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