Palliative Care Plays a Role for Patients Affected by Kidney Disease

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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

Kidney disease can come with many daily challenges as symptoms begin to take their toll. Along the way, you may be forced to make decisions that will impact you in different ways. With this in mind, you need to know how to address your stress and symptoms during this time.

You must also know when you need palliative care and how to ask for it. Palliative care is beginning to become more inclusive for kidney care programs. It is becoming more recognized now than ever before. 

It plays a crucial role for patients who are affected by kidney disease. Learn more about palliative care for those affected by kidney disease below.

How Long Does the Palliative Care Team Remain Involved?

The palliative care team will stay involved for as long as you need them. When you begin to notice changes within your symptoms or medical situation, you can see the team. You can also schedule regular visits if this is something you need.

Does the Patient Need to Ask for Palliative Care or Is It Automatically Included When It’s Part of a Kidney Program?

Palliative care is definitely becoming far more popular in kidney care programs. However, it is not yet something that is widely available. That means that it is  not automatically offered to every single patient. 

If you’re looking to be put into palliative care, you should directly ask to meet with a palliative care provider. This is the best way to ensure that your needs are met while you are in palliative care.

Palliative care is a very important time in a patient’s life. Dealing with illnesses can be a hard time but having the right headspace and people around you can make all the difference. If you’re looking to learn more about palliative care and how it can help you and your loved one living with dementia or other illnesses, you’ve come to the right place. 

Get in touch with Westlake Village Hospice today to get the best care possible for the one you love. We serve patients throughout Southern California, including Lake View Terrace, Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, Sylmar, Studio City, the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Antelope Valley, and surrounding areas.

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