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Hospice Caregiver Guide by Melissa Ritchey

Hospice Caregiver Guide

by Melissa Ritchey

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Almost everyone is at some point faced with making end of life decisions. One of the major ones is actually coming to terms with facing the death of a loved one. One source of help and comfort is the utilization of hospice care. The author states, “Hospice is a philosophy, It is generally not an immediate death sentence.” It’s mission is improving the quality of life for the patient's remaining time. Unfortunately, too many people wait too long before entering a hospice program causing the patient and his/her caregivers to suffer pain, both physically and mentally, that might have benefitted from earlier intervention.
The reasons for the delay vary, but often they are based on either inaccurate or misunderstood assumptions of both what services hospice provides and how it can help people and their families spend the patient’s final months with less pain and confusion.
In her e-book, Melissa Ritchey, RN, who has spent many years working within the hospice community, delivers a brief but comprehensive explanation of many hospice issues. She explains when someone should enter the program, how that is accomplished, who makes up the team, and, most important, advice to caregivers. She provides guidelines for selecting a hospice service. She writes about the uses of medications for relieving pain: What types are used, under what conditions, what they accomplish, and their side effects.
She tells what services are available, usually at no cost, to the patient. These include both medical and caregiving personnel as well as equipment.
She discusses the dying process: How the body shuts down. Why a patient may refuse to eat or drink and what to do about it. Why smells, like cooking or perfume, may be annoying. What to talk to the patient about when visiting. What the caregiver can do and when to call in the professionals. How to explain death to children to alleviate their fears. And very important, letting the patient maintain as much control over his/her life as possible.
HOSPICE CAREGIVER GUIDE is very-written and provides an excellent introduction to the process not only of hospice but of the death process itself. Having been involved in end-of-life issues, some with hospice, some without, for several people, I wish I had read it a long time ago.
This book was a free Amazon download, but it is definitely worth purchasing. ( )
  Judiex | Mar 14, 2014 |
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