Giving Everyone Access to Care and Quality of Life

Giving Everyone Access to Care and Quality of Life

Health and Fitness August 8, 2016


The goal of living a healthy life is one that everyone shares. Being able to take part in all of the activities that you enjoy and are passionate about is such a big part of living life to the fullest and really being able to appreciate what it is all about. However, not everyone has that opportunity, or sometimes as we age, we lose the ability to participate in all the activities we would like to. Sometimes illnesses can cause the loss of the ability of a person to perform everyday functions, and assisted living becomes a necessity. With nursing homes and collaborative hospice care, those who are ill or struggling with a chronic condition can find some piece of mind.

How collaborative hospice care can be the best solution

Collaborative hospice care takes several different disciplines and areas of expertise and combines them to offer a service that makes the life of a person suffering from illness or some sort of chronic condition a little bit better. The idea of collaborative hospice care is that just because someone is not on the same level of activity or interaction within the community, it does not mean that they deserve any less help or a lower quality of life. Hospice care can provide long-term care services for those in the twilight of their lives, as well as those of any age who might need speech therapy, specialized physical therapy, or help with daily functions like eating or showering, as well mental, emotional, or spiritual support and guidance.

Understanding the need for hospice and nursing homes
Many healthy, happy, well adjusted and functioning individuals active in society might find it hard to understand what a life riddled with illness, handicaps, or chronic conditions might feel like, and how one would go about finding a good quality of life in that state. Hospice care addresses those issues, and those working in the hospice care or nursing home professions understand that these types of individuals can’t necessarily provide the quality of life for themselves that they deserve, which can lead to any number of feelings, such as fear, anger, resentment, or lethargy. Providing good hospice care options helps to remind those individuals how important and cared for they are.

Hospice care facilities
While there are many facilities and care centers that are devoted solely to providing hospice care, there are also many nursing homes that offer it as well. While many people may have a preconceived notion about what a nursing home is, it can be so much more than where the elderly eventually end up. Nursing homes can provide care and housing options for people of any age who do not need to be hospitalized but who do need a greater level of care than can be provided in a family home. Nursing homes could have residents who have a range of different needs, from simply needing someone to administer medication on a strict schedule, to in depth hospice care that might even involve physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

The goal of most physical therapy is to get a patient back on his or her feet or provide or recover a greater range of mobility or comfort. Sometimes, in hospice care, physical therapy has to do with keeping an individual active in the limited ways that they are able to, and to help find the most comfortable activities or resting positions. Physical therapists can be specialized in any number of different fields, from geriatrics to neurology to orthopedics.

Everyone deserves to move through this life with dignity and a good quality of life. For those who cannot achieve that on their own, those individuals involved in hospice care can make a world of difference.