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Is Hospice Care Giving In or Giving MORE?

As a caregiver for your loved one, when is it time to get hospice care involved? Taking one step back, when is it time to educate yourself about what hospice has to offer and what your options, or the patient's options, might be?

Patricia Lesnoski of Anova Home Healthcare, knows this issue first hand. Twenty years ago, she had this decision to make for her mother. "Back then, I don't even think we were given the hospice option or even knew what it was. Today, I realize, there is always something more you can do."

Hospice providers can assist you in caring for your patient at the same level of care, or possibly even higher level of care, as you try to help them among your own other life duties such as work, family and taking care of yourself.

Anova staff understand how dedicated you are to your family members. They understand that it is not easy to turn over care of your loved one. You want someone that can continue the same level of care, or possibly even more focused, than you may currently be providing.

Nainesh Desai, President of Anova, relates his own personal experience, "with my parents and with others, we have time and again, seen that hospice helps people live with dignity and comfort and brings needed support to family caregivers. For some patients, hospice care is not a choice about cure, it is a choice about best care."

Many of Anova's testimonials reflect how surprised family members and referring healthcare providers are, regarding the level of care provided. Additionally, most of those family members, in retrospect, agree that they would have made contact with a hospice provider much earlier in the process, had they understood hospice care better.

In 2010, The New England Journal of Medicine provided research data showing that, when hospice intervened early, patient depression rates were lower. A second study, quoted in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, reported that the mean survival of patients on hospice care was 29 days longer than those not receiving hospice care.

The key points here are, hospice can be very helpful to you and your loved one. And, before hospice care becomes inevitable, take some time to review multiple providers. Educate yourself as to what physical, spiritual and emotional support is available. If you do this early on, you will be able to make a confident decision regarding when to call for help and whom to call.

For more information, contact Patricia Lesnoski, Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator, Anova Home Healthcare Services, at plesnoski@anovahomehealth.com or (724) 929-3200 or visit www.AnovaHomeHealth.com.

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