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Aging with Dignity: Care and Support at the End of Life (Video)

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As your family member or loved one nears the end of life, it is challenging to balance your emotions with executing all the tasks accompanying terminal care.

The video above offers some tips to navigating this stage of life, which are also detailed below.

“When given a diagnosis that is life-limiting, whether it is two years or two months, it can be overwhelming for the entire family,” according to the video. “Luckily, there are many ways to help keep the families comfortable and supported through this difficult time. Choosing which option is right for your family requires a bit of research.”

Take a breath:

After receiving tough news about your loved one, make sure you take time for yourself to relax and breathe. Spend time with your family and friends and doing things you enjoy.

Remember your time with your loved one is limited, so you should spend time making valuable memories and living in positive moments rather than sadness.

Though it may be difficult, try to live in the moment and embrace life.

Don’t delay on getting help:

Caring for a loved one towards the end of their life can be demanding and consume time that could be spent sharing memories. Obtaining hospice services can alleviate some of the stress and effort associated with caregiving.

Don’t let your biggest regret be arranging hospice services too late.

What hospice can offer:

Hospice care is delivered by an integrated care team of specially trained physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains and volunteers who all work together to meet the individual needs of each patient and family. Hospice also includes grief support from trained, licensed social workers.

Health insurance generally fully covers the cost for hospice care.

Visit the Neponset River Regional Chamber website (Nrrchamber.com) for resources and members who provide those services.

Whitney Place Assisted Living and Memory Care at Sharon, a SALMON Health and Retirement community, is a member of the Neponset River Regional Chamber of Commerce and Elder Care Alliance.