Beginning hospice care services can seem overwhelming and a little scary, but the services exist to help you and your loved ones. Most people know hospice can begin after receiving a terminal diagnosis, but the care goes beyond simply helping with medicine and everyday activities. In fact, with hospice care, you have access to a lot of services you may not know existed.
Many terminal illnesses may result in your loved one having difficulty speaking or swallowing. A speech-language pathologist can assist with these difficulties. They can assist with teaching swallowing techniques and strategies to continue eating as long as possible. They can also provide education for breathing and communication strategies.
Another therapy service is occupational therapy. An occupational therapist provides an assessment to the home environment to assist with safety and fall prevention. They can provide additional training in ADL (Activities of Daily Living) skills and transfer training.
An additional service for therapy is physical therapy. A physical therapist assesses the patient’s safety and the ability for ambulation. They may recommend necessary assistive devices, transfer training, and overall strength and mobility training for the patient and caregivers. This is to assist the patient in being as independent as possible, for as long as possible.
Caregiving can be physical, emotionally, and financially exhausting. Under respite care, a terminally ill loved one can be briefly placed (up to five days) into a skilled nursing facility. This gives a caregiver time to recharge and relax from their duties so they can remain healthy and prevent burnout and fatigue.
Another type of respite care is the utilization of volunteers in the home. Volunteers allow a brief amount of time for a caregiver to run errands, have lunch with a friend, or time for themselves.
McCortney Family Hospice offers a dietary consultation to ensure proper diets (specific to disease process). They also provide education regarding diet changes, menu ideas, and meal preparation.
Emotional and Spiritual Counseling and Bereavement care
Processing grief before the death of a family member can be beneficial. Our social work services provide emotional support, as well as spiritual services. For complex cases, a referral can be made to community resources. The referral can provide private sitting services, financial assistance, outside organizations and advanced directive care planning.
Spiritual Care is available for grief support before death and clients can receive bereavement services for thirteen months following the death.
When hospice services are needed, call McCortney Family Hospice at (405) 360-2400 for our Norman office, or (580) 332-6900 for our Ada office.
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