Hospice care, according to Dame Cicely Saunders, is specialized care for dying patients. The term “hospice care” was first used in 1967 at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. The American Cancer Society says that hospice care “accepts death” and “manages symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice gives you palliative care”. That is to say, once in hospice care, there is no attempt to try to cure the disease or help you heal or improve your condition.
In other words, they help you die pain-free.
What is the Goal of Hospice Care?
The goal of hospice care is to help patients live their LAST days as alert and pain-free as possible since death has been accepted as coming quickly (6 months or less)…per the American Cancer Society. This is great for a person who has no longer has the ability to heal. We applaud these efforts when there truly are no other options.
Unfortunately, hospice care is suggested by physicians prematurely. Since they have been taught to discredit the efficacy of alternative health, they do not offer it as a viable option. In fact, most will suggest you agree to let them help you die without every suggesting the healing abilities of our services. This truly is not good for a person who still wants to try to heal. At Optimum Health, many who were told they had not option of healing decided to try. Their body’s healed beautifully! It doesn’t hurt to try!
Once You Enter Hospice Care, Can You Get Out of It?
The American Cancer Society states: “If you get better or the cancer goes into remission, you can be taken out of the hospice program and go into active cancer treatment”. The problem is, if they are not doing anything to help you get better, what are the chances that you will get better? But it is important to know that you can go to an emergency room and tell them that you want out of hospice. At that point, they may then make it their goal to try to help you get help with improving your condition. What will encourage them to do this? Seeing the progress that you make from healing. Our clients heal and then return to their physicians to enlist their help again!
Palliative care, according to the National Caregivers Library is comfort-care. In fact, it is called palliative care when it is administered by teams of doctors, nurses, and other professional medical caregivers. Palliative care can be administered in the home. Though it is most common to receive it in a hospital, extended care facility, or nursing home. There is a palliative care team as well. There are no time restrictions. This type of care can be received by patients at any time. They can receive it at any stage of illness whether it be terminal or not. In other words, palliative care is not about dying. Instead, it is about being comfortable at any stage of illness.
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