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Hospice is Caring
Hospice is a philosophy of care focusing on medical and personal comfort in your last months or days of life. As your focus shifts from a cure to quality of life, our goal is to help ease your burden and enable you to live every day that remains as fully as possible.
Our pledge is to respect your wishes, protect your dignity, and help you celebrate and complete your life in comfort, surrounded by the people you love. Remember that although a cure may not be possible, there is still much you can control about the kind of life you wish to live.
Hospice care is centered on comfort, pain management, and quality of life. Just as you take your children to a pediatrician or visit a surgeon for surgery, you should call hospice when a loved one is approaching the end of his or her life.
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Blue Ridge Hospice will help you…
find peace and meaning in each moment, enrich your relationships with family and friends, experience this stage of life in a way that honors who you are and what’s important to you and realize your end-of-life wishes with dignity and compassion.
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When Is It Time To Contact Us?
Call Blue Ridge Hospice when you, your family, or friends recognize that you are in constant pain or feel the pain is out of control, are concerned that your health is declining, are experiencing an urgent need to call the doctor more frequently, are beginning to question whether treatments to fight the disease are working at all, have been diagnosed with a life-limiting or terminal illness and choose comfort and/or quality of life as your primary focus of care.
Remember the sooner you contact us, the more we can help.
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How To Plan For Hospice
Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved ones.
If you are in an accident or have an illness that leaves you unable to talk about your wishes, who will speak for you? You can tell your family, friends and healthcare providers what your wishes and personal beliefs are about continuing or withdrawing medical treatments at the end of life. Advance care planning includes:
- Getting information on the types of life-sustaining treatments that are available.
- Deciding what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
- Sharing your personal values with your loved ones.
- Completing advance directives to put into writing what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be unable to speak for yourself.
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Communicating Your End-of-Life Wishes
Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal, and are based on your values and beliefs. Because it is impossible to foresee every type of circumstance or illness, it is essential to think in general about what is important to you. Conversations that focus on your wishes and beliefs will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want.