In the last few months, we were watching one of our seniors decline with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s. Her anxiety levels were increasing and she was having hallucinations. If a new caregiver had been brought in to care for her for any reason, it might’ve triggered even more negative responses and increased her anxiety to greater levels. Fortunately, since it’s a fundamental aspect of what we do at 1776 Senior Care to provide a consistent caregiver, we assured her that the caregiver she had come to know and trust would remain the same.
However, it was clear that the time had come to move into the hospice phase of care that included managing her symptoms. That’s where the caregiving team expands to include hospice and lends a greater circle of support when your family and loved one needs it most.
In the case of our senior with Parkinson’s and high anxiety, bringing in hospice care enabled her to have that consistent nurse nearby who could administer medications Monday through Friday. Still, you’re probably wondering, “What if something happened late at night or over the weekend with that senior? What then?”
That’s where her caregiver from 1776 served as an essential part of the system of care. If and when something happened at unusual hours, the caregiver not only had access to the hospice nurse but could also speak directly to the nurse and explain what was happening with our senior.
How do you bring joy to a senior nearing the very end of their lives?
You can’t underestimate the power of a companion who knows a senior so well in every way.
For example, we learned one of our seniors in hospice used to love watching old TV shows like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” so one of our caregivers used YouTube to help her see all the old episodes as well as listen to music from the 1960’s.
Another senior in hospice care was losing her vision, so watching TV shows wasn’t an option. But we knew she loved country music a great deal. Simply playing music in her room from Garth Brooks, her favorite singer, lifted her spirits tremendously.
And for our particular senior featured here with high anxiety, being a very religious person, the element of spiritual support was important to her. So 1776 brought in a chaplain to administer communion once a week. Simply having that presence in her life helped to bring down her anxiety level.
As the medical resources of hospice care blend with the emotional support of 1776 Senior Care, your family will be able to stay highly involved through online care logs you can check daily, phone calls from care managers and family meetings. All the while, our care managers and caregivers will be right by your parent’s side to look after them like family – just as they always have.
There’s a distinct difference in senior care and it’s an experience your parent deserves to help them maintain their independence as much as possible – even at the hospice stage of care. Let’s talk more about it right now. Call 1776 Senior Care about scheduling an In-Home Assessment at 630.469.4515.