Palliative care is defined as the treatment of a serious illness. “Seriously ill” is defined as a chronic illness that could result in death, despite the estimated length of a patient’s remaining period of life. Those who are seriously ill may be experiencing pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep problems, and more. Palliative care assists with the treatment and maintenance of those symptoms. Palliative care provides relief from discomfort, stress, and symptoms that accompany serious illness. Our friends at Green Valley Hospice have recently started offering home-based Palliative care, which is a great resource for seniors.
It was early June, our wedding was just days away, when the phone rang. It was the hospital informing me my mother was in the hospital, again. This had become so routine over the last few years that it usually didn’t alarm me. But this time they said it was different. They said they had discovered advanced lung cancer that was beyond treatment.
It’s your choice to hire the right Hospice company for your loved one. But do you have enough family to help with the care when the hospice company isn’t there? Who is going comfort them, feed them, bring them water, bathe and groom them, change the linens and do the laundry…? Nobody prepares for this and the burden can be overwhelming.
It was early one evening, after an already long day and long week, when I got the call that my dad had been transported to the hospital with shortness of breath, chest pains, and was barely conscious and not able to respond to questions. I dropped everything, kissed my lovely wife good night, and headed off for an hour drive to the Mercy Methodist Hospital in South Sacramento.