The final stages of a terminal illness can be a highly challenging, emotional time. This caregiver’s guide can help you provide comfort, deal with grief, and make final decisions.
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What is late-stage care?
In the final stages of a terminal illness, it can become evident that in spite of the best care, attention, and treatment, your loved one is approaching the end of their life. At this point, the focus usually changes to making them as comfortable as possible in order to make the most of the time they have left. Depending on the nature of the illness and your loved one’s circumstances, this final stage period may last from a matter of weeks or months to several years. During this time, palliative care measures can help to control pain and other symptoms, such as constipation, nausea, or shortness of breath. Hospice care can also offer emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and their family.
We work with Hospice agencies to care for your loved one to make them most comfortable as they start the new phase of their journey.