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How to Provide Care During a Senior’s Final Stages of Life

Caring for your senior loved one during his or her final life stages often involves a change in priorities. Instead of trying to treat or slow down the progression of illnesses, North Coast home care at this stage often involves managing pain levels, relieving symptoms, and caring for emotional needs. Here are some things you can do to make the passing easier for your loved one and the rest of the family.

Consider the Best Type of Care

Depending on your loved one’s abilities, it may be time to consider getting additional help. If your loved one can no longer stand, sit up, walk or eat without assistance, home care services can assist you with his or her care. North Coast respite care is also available to allow you a break from caregiving while still ensuring your loved one is well cared for. Sit and talk with your loved one and hold his or her hand to ensure he or she doesn’t feel alone.

Find Grief Support

Grief or bereavement counselors can help family members address their feelings about the upcoming loss of a loved one. Often, family and friends experience feelings ranging from deep sadness to numbness. A grief counselor can help family members sort their feelings and accept the eventual loss.

Help Him or Her Say Goodbye

Your loved one may have final wishes and want to say goodbye to friends or family. Arranging for visits, helping him or her write letters, and encouraging him or her to express feelings can help give your loved one the closure he or she needs. Your loved one may have feelings of gratitude or forgiveness, or there may be previously unstated sentiments he or she would like to express to others. Helping your loved one say goodbye can provide peace for both him or her and for family members.

Address Spirituality

The final stages of life may cause your loved one to bring up feelings about spirituality or the meaning of life. Allow your loved one to talk about his or her feelings. If your loved one is religious, consider asking a spiritual leader to visit him or her, offer answers to his or her questions, and provide inner peace.

For help during this difficult time, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our experienced and compassionate caregivers are available 24/7 to run errands, clean up around the house, prepare meals, and take care of many other tasks, allowing your family the chance to focus strictly on providing comfort and support for your loved one. We also offer comprehensive stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s care for North Coast seniors who need more extensive assistance. For more information on our aged care services, call one of our Care Managers at (02) 6646 3527 today.