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Understanding the End of Life

 

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Understanding the End of Life

The dying process is unique to each person; but there are general signs we look for and work to partner with families to recognize. We are here to help families and caregivers look, listen and learn about what you might be seeing in your loved one’s experience.

Our number one goal is to identify any pain, discomfort, or suffering and manage that symptom in a method that is respectful and collaborative with you.

How do you know if your loved one is uncomfortable?

Our years of expertise in pain and symptom management have taught us to look for facial grimaces, listen for sounds of moaning or calling out, or make sense of changes in behavior.  Because we understand that you are the true expert in knowing your loved one, we are committed to partnering with you to learn what doesn’t feel right. Together, we alleviate suffering, anticipate your loved one’s next need, and provide comfort through change in medications, finding the best resting position, and counseling.

Your Seasons team will ask about your hopes and fears related to the care provided to your loved one. We ask so we can fully understand and embrace your goals for hospice care and your expectations of the partnership with your Seasons Hospice Team.

Our hope is that by providing concrete information about what to expect when your loved one is dying will ease anxiety about possible suffering. For more concrete signs and symptoms of the dying process, please reference the document in your home chart.

It is our privilege to take this journey with you.

Common questions you can ask your visiting hospice care team:

  1. How do I know what to look for to know my loved one is comfortable?
  2. Please show me the list of signs and symptoms informational sheet in my home chart.
  3. How can I tell that they are in pain? What does pain look like?
  4. What do I need to know about the medications my loved one is taking?
    • How should I handle questions about medications?
  5. Please tell me about interventions that are not about adding to taking about medications.
    • (Also called non-pharmacologic interventions e.g. Music Therapy, Art Therapy, relaxation techniques)
  6. What can I expect as the disease/condition gets worse?

Resources:

For Caregivers and Patients

 

Understanding the Dying Process

 

Dementia at End of Life

 

Signs that Death is Approaching

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