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Hospice Care is often

Hospice Care is often provided in the patient’s home, but can also be offered in hospice centers, hospitals and skilled nursing communities. Hospice Hospice care combines pain control, symptom management and emotional and spiritual support for terminally ill individuals. It is designed to assist the family and/or caregiver in making the patient as comfortable as possible with assistance available around the clock. Support is provided to the family as well. The Hospice Care team typically includes: • The patient and family/caregiver • Doctor • Nurses • Home health aides • Clergy or other spiritual counselors • Social workers 6

Your Needs It’s a bit of a cliché, but one size does not fit all, particularly in senior living. From clinical needs and your specific preferences to social opportunities and budget, finding the best option truly is a personal decision. That being said, in general, here’s how the options compare. Home Health Care Pros: • Comfort of being in a familiar place • Range of service and care options available • Can be used on an as-needed or 24-hour basis Cons: • Safety concerns around the house • Keeping up with home maintenance and repair • Few social opportunities and risk of isolation Independent Living Pros: • Onsite medical care that can adapt to changing needs • Assistance with activities of daily living • Social opportunities and freedom from chores and home upkeep • Less caregiver stress and more free time • Ability to be daughter, son, husband or wife again versus full-time caregiver Cons: • Intensive medical care or specialized care (memory care) may not be available • Can be challenging to adjust to a group environment • Privacy concerns if only have option of semiprivate room Adult Day Care Pros: • Allows caregivers to work, go to school, run errands or have a needed break • Offers a safe, supportive environment while the caregiver is away • Offers social interaction and structure to daily activities Cons: • Limited hours • Undertrained staff • Hassle of getting to and from the day care community each day • Potentially a more limited scope of services than you may need 7

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