Hospice what to expect booklet
End of Life Timeline: Signs & Symptoms Of The Dying ProcessNeed information? Call free on Reopens Monday at 8AM. Find out more. If your friend or family member is dying in a hospice, hospital or care home, it can be a very difficult time for you. You might be used to caring for them at home and now your role is different. Here are some tips to help you cope and feel a bit more in control.
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When confronted with approaching death, many of us wonder when exactly will death occur. Many of us ask the question, "How much time is left? The dying do not always cooperate with the predictions of the doctors, nurses or others who tell family members or patients how much time is left. Hospice staff have frequently observed that even the predictions by physicians about the length of time from the original diagnosis till death is often inaccurate. Many families report that "the doctor told us he [the patient] only had so much time left, and he's lived much longer than that. Statistical averages do not tell us exactly how long a particular patient has to live; they can only serve as a general guideline or point of reference. Although statistical averages do not help much in an individual case, there are specific signs of approaching death which may be observed, and which do indicate that death is approaching nearer.
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These web pages cover the main things you should know on these questions, and aims to point you in the right direction. The final days of life are precious days, often remembered in detail by those who live on, and the priority is to ensure a peaceful and comfortable death with the right level of support for you and the person you are caring for. Symptoms and emotions in the final days are often similar whatever the underlying illness - whether it is cancer, heart disease, lung disease or any other chronic condition. If you have been involved in care up until the final days, then you may want to stay involved or you may want to step back and let others perform the physical care. You are part of the caring team and your voice should always be heard, and decisions shared. The section has been produced in collaboration with people with experience of a loved one dying, health and care professionals, and representatives from end of life care charities. Hospice UK is grateful to all who contributed to and reviewed this guide.
Speak with a Hospice Care Representative If you have a loved one who has recently entered hospice care or is going to, you may have only a few months, or even weeks, to say goodbye. During this time, they may exhibit changes in their behavior, diet, mood and much more. Death is something we all must face, but for many people the dying process is shrouded in mystery. Saying goodbye to a loved one can be hard to do, but learning about what to expect from the dying process can make it easier for you to care for them as they leave the earth. It can also help you say goodbye in the best way possible, and better cope with the aftermath of your loss.