Hospice for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patients
Alzheimer’s is sadly a common illness- the Institute for Dementia Research estimates that at least five million people in the United States suffer from some form of age-related dementia. In about 70% of cases, Alzheimer’s disease is the cause.
Hospice care aims to help those with terminal illnesses, within six months of the expected end of life. It can include assistance with daily tasks such as household chores, shopping, and bathing, expert medical care from doctors and nurses, counselling, and much more. Pain management, proper nutrition, and spiritual support may all be part of the program.
However, it is often hard to predict the path that Alzheimer’s will take. Different patients can respond in very different ways, even if the cause behind their dementia is the same. It can be difficult for doctors to predict how far away the end of life is, even in advanced and very serious cases. Therefore, it’s difficult to know when hospice care should begin.
How can we help you with dementia?
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with any form of dementia, even in an early stage, staff at Center for Hospice Care can talk it through with you, and help you make a plan for the future.