At the Hospice of North Alabama, we deliver the highest quality of care, whether at your home or in an in-patient facility. Though our team is composed of medical and social work professionals, we train and educate them always about dealing with end-of-life experiences. We work closely with each patient to make sure their demands are met. We’re available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so you’ll always be greeted by our friendly registered nurses.
What is hospice?
When you or a loved one has a terminal illness and medical treatment isn’t working for you anymore, the doctor may refer you to hospice or end-of-life care. It focuses on helping you or your loved one manage pain and other symptoms and find relief. This approach lets you dedicate all your attention on what truly matters: living the rest of your life to the fullest.
End-of-life care spans multiple disciplines. Here at Hospice of North Alabama, we have a team of specialists that include doctors, registered nurses, medical directors, hospice aides, social workers, and chaplains who are dedicated to providing the best care and counseling for you and your loved ones. We make sure that you face the last phases of your life with dignity and complete comfort.
Hospice care became popular in the 70s. Since then, people have seen its advantages not only to patients but to their families as well. Here are the research-backed benefits:
Improved Quality of Life
Hospice care is beneficial in improving the quality of life of terminally ill patients. A study by the National Palliative Care Organization found that patients who spent their final days in the hospice reported having a better life experience than those who spent the end of their lives in intensive care. The researchers found that the patient’s choices often influenced the end-of-life care they got. As such, people need to know that hospice care isn’t about giving up; it’s about taking charge of your life and making the most of it without any pain or discomfort.
A Better Way to Deal with Grief
The benefits of end-of-life care apply to more than just the patients. They also help family members deal with grief and bereavement when their loved one passes away. A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that spouses usually have higher depression rates after their partner’s death. However, those who admitted their loved ones to terminal care beforehand had fewer depressive symptoms than those who didn’t. This may be because hospice care providers also give counseling services to family members. Our experienced counselors are ready to provide support to your family to help them recover from their grief.