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Hospice Care: What You Need to Know to Prepare Your Home

Hospice Care: What You Need to Know to Prepare Your Home

Centric Hospice Home Preparation

Death is a natural part of life, and for many people, hospice care is an important part of the final months or weeks. Hospice provides care and support to those who are terminally ill, helping them to live their last days as comfortably as possible. Though it can be difficult, there are some things you can do to prepare your home for hospice care and ease the transition for everyone.

Safety & Comfort

First, you’ll want to make sure your home is safe and comfortable for the person receiving hospice care. This means making sure there are no trip hazards, such as loose rugs or electrical cords, and that the person can move around easily with their adaptive aid such as a wheelchair or walker. You’ll also want to make sure there are plenty of pillows and blankets to keep the person comfortable, and that the room is well-ventilated.

You can also make sure your home is comfortable and familiar for the person, with things like special mementoes or their favourite chair. Taking time to ensure that they are surrounded by cherished items can mean a lot to a hospice patient. Making treasured items such as a favourite throw blanket, pictures, lotion, or snacks easily accessible can be a comfort and joy for them.

Supplies & Equipment

Second, the supplies you need are typically included and covered by the hospice benefits. Needs and equipment may change over time and be monitored by your hospice team to ensure your safety and comfort are being cared for. Equipment such as hospital beds, shower chairs, wheelchairs, walkers, or even oxygen equipment will be assembled for you to ensure it is safe and secure for use.

Hospice Team & Expectations

Finally, understand who is on your team to help you navigate this journey. There are many that are part of the hospice team including nurses, home health aides, counsellors, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers. Because every hospice patient is unique and their care is tailored to their needs, a variety of team members come to your home to help you transition through the process.

At Centric Home Health and Hospice, everything we do is centered around the needs of the patient. Learn more about our hospice care services by contacting Centric Home Health and Hospice today. Choosing Hospice services from Centric is choosing comfort, dignity, and respect. Allow us to walk this journey with you.