Palliative Care Can Be a Major Help in 2022

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

As you look into the year ahead, it is only common to begin to feel uncertain. COVID-19 remains a major factor in everything we hear, see, and do. As of now, it is only mutating and spreading further.

As this is happening, it can feel difficult to make any important long-term plans. This is particularly true when it comes to serious illnesses. However, it is imperative that you plan ahead, now more than ever. 

Here are a few reasons that 2022 may well be the right time to consider in-home palliative care.

Palliative Care Can Help to Protect Patients and Families from COVID-19 Infection

When provided within the home, palliative care can reduce a patient’s exposure to large groups. This is especially true for these large groups where COVID-19 can quickly spread. With palliative care, any patients who are immunocompromised can easily manage their symptoms and pain at home instead of taking trips to the hospital where they are at great risk. It is important to prioritize safety.

Not Only Is In-Home Care Comfortable, But Hospitals are Overwhelmed and Overcrowded

As the cases of COVID-29 continue to rise, hospitals are facing overwhelming bed shortages. In Pennsylvania alone, nearly 4,000 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 every single day. This leaves only 13% of the state’s ICU beds and only 10% of medical-surgical beds available.

In December 2021, one of Pennsylvania’s largest health systems, Geisenger, operated at around 110% capacity. This resulted in huge delays of around 10 to 20 hours in emergency rooms. That is where palliative care makes a huge difference

With palliative care, you and your loved ones gain access to a safe, comfortable, and germ-free environment in your own home. This is a much better option when compared to navigating overcrowded hospitals.

Your Loved One Deserves to Be Safe and Comfortable

Everyone deserves to bask in the comfort and care that palliative care can bring amidst a serious illness. After all, no one wants to face a gloomy illness alone. This is especially true during a global pandemic. Seeking palliative care will truly make life easier. 

Get in touch with Westlake Village Hospice Inc today to learn more about in-home hospice care.

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