It’s a lot of pressure to get this caregiving thing right, especially at the end of your senior’s life. She may feel as if she doesn’t have many options at all, but that’s not necessarily true. Here are some things to think about in regard to end-of-life options.
Early Entry into Hospice Elder Care Makes a Big Difference
It’s not uncommon at all for people to avoid early entry into any type of end-of-life care. This happens because most seniors and caregivers worry about entering into hospice elder care too soon. The thing is, there are a lot of benefits to early entry into this type of care. Your senior can often make the most of whatever time she has left and she may find that she’s able to opt back out again.
Very Often End-of-life Options End up Delayed
What frequently ends up happening is that elderly family members opt to delay end-of-life options until they’re sure they’re necessary. That can mean waiting for a sign that is actually pretty far along the path toward passing away. If that leaves your senior dealing with pain or with treatments she no longer wants, that’s may not have been the best plan of action.
Your Senior Isn’t Locked into One Care Option
What’s really important is that your senior has the best treatment for her needs, whatever that may be at this time. For now, hospice elder care may be the very best option for her current needs and wants. If her condition should improve or she should change her mind, she isn’t locked into only that form of care for the rest of her life. She has the ability to make decisions about her care all along the way.
Evaluate All of Your Senior’s Options
It’s important that you and your senior, if she’s able to do so, sit down and carefully evaluate all of her options. She may not realize what options are available for her right now. Her doctor can go over the information about the different types of treatments available and you can all determine together what makes the most sense for her situation now and in the future.
There’s no one right answer for every person or for every situation. Your senior may find that options she thought weren’t right for her actually meet all of her wants and her needs for this time in her life.