Those in hospice need additional care
Published 7:00 am Thursday, July 12, 2018
Those who are in hospice care often have many needs, but don’t always have access to the assistance required.
One of my grandmothers developed Alzheimer’s about ten years ago and lived with it for several years. She was in her 60s when she received the diagnosis. While the onset of the illness was slow, when it worsened, it became unmanageable.
She forgot who we were, disappeared from her home several times and eventually became a danger to herself. As her condition worsened, she also developed several other illnesses, which made taking care of her impossible for my grandfather. Thankfully, my family was able to pay for outside help to provide the care she needed until she passed away.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everyone.
Many elderly adults don’t have family to care for them, and do not have the funds to pay for outside help such as a nursing facility or in-house nurse.
Many hospice services fill this gap by providing care that is paid for through donations, or government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
There are also non-profit organizations that can provide everyday necessities like groceries.
I recently met a man in his early nineties who had saved enough money to pay for his livelihood until he reached 85-years-old.
He said he hadn’t expected to live past that point, but when he did, he found himself penniless and with no one to turn to.
With the help of local volunteers and nonprofit organizations who discovered his need, he was relocated to a better home, his utilities were paid and he was provided with groceries and medical coverage.
Organizations that help elderly adults and hospice patients in need improve the quality of life for patients and their families.