The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for those facing a terminal illness, and their family members, this time of year can be especially challenging. Feelings of impending loss, nostalgia for times past and a struggle to manage pain and symptoms can be even harder to face when paired with the demands of the holiday season and social and family responsibilities that often can’t be ignored.

How Can Hospice Care Help?

The choice to pursue hospice treatment can be an emotional one. It’s important to remember that hospice is not about death, but rather about the quality of life as it nears its end – for the patient and his or her family, friends and caregivers.

Hospice care is designed to comfort patients and family members when a condition has reached a point when curative treatment stops and acceptance of living each remaining day fully begins. The mission of hospice care is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people who have a life-limiting illness.

Its goal is to relieve pain and prevent suffering, while assisting in the completion of end-of- life tasks that are important to your loved one, including putting affairs in order and providing support to loved ones after the patient has passed away. This support can come as even more of a relief during the busy and stressful holiday season.

Every Moment Spent with Loved Ones Matters – Especially During the Holidays

How to Get Started This Holiday Season

Don’t be afraid to ask for hospice care. It can be the greatest gift you give your loved one, yourself and other family members this holiday season.

Anyone can refer someone to hospice, so call us at 1.866.KINDRED any time, day or night, to speak with a Registered Nurse who can walk you through care options in your area. We’ll work with your doctor to see if care could be right for you.

By Blair Klayko