As your loved one nears the end of her life, caregiving becomes unrecognizable again for you as her caregiver. That’s when finding palliative care providers can bring your caregiving journey back into balance.
Dignity When Situations Are Difficult
Your loved one’s abilities and skills may be different now than they were even months before, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t deserve to preserve as much of her dignity as possible. Palliative care providers are well-versed in what can happen with your loved one near the end of her life and they’re prepared to help you and her to maintain as much dignity as possible.
Help and Comfort
As your loved one’s needs change, you may feel like a fish out of water again as her caregiver. Situations that have become old hat to you on your caregiving journey may no longer apply or may have transformed into situations that are much different. It can be difficult to cope with that as your loved one’s caregiver, so bringing more specialized care providers in can be extremely comforting for you and your loved one.
Support for Grief
You might be very surprised to find yourself experiencing something called anticipatory grief well before the actual end of your loved one’s life. This can feel “wrong” to many people because nothing has happened yet, but it’s a common situation. You’re facing a loss and those emotions don’t have a sense of timing. After your loved one passes away, palliative care can help you deal with bereavement.
Respite from the Situation
Respite is more important for you as a family caregiver now than it has been at any other point in your caregiving journey. Caring for your loved one at the end of her life is not for the faint of heart and it can take all you’ve got some days not to give into your feelings. Having time away allows you to deal with those emotions as they come up.
Having options for additional care at the end of your loved one’s life enables you to be there for your loved one as much as you can be.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering palliative care in Easton, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.