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SENIORS: PREPARING TO SAY GOOD BYE

Dec 20th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The delivery of an oxygen tank, a walker and a hospital bed usually portends the coming of the end. It is often the sign of a battle well fought, but that energy and stamina are more and more depleted. The heart plays out. The disease takes control. The will to fight fades. The body has endured. And, now to make it day by day, certain aids and assistance are required.

Hospice, whether at home or in a specially equipped care center, is a word of comfort, but also of finality and sadness. It offers the presence of professional skills and sensitivities that have been honed to offer palliative care, necessary and appropriate measures to keep the dying loved one comfortable. It also gives support to family and friends who are going through the experience of imminent loss.