Today’s Doggies for Dementia blog is about hospice. It’s a topic many of us wish to avoid, because talk of death is scary. There is so much unknown, and of course fear stems from not knowing what is going to happen.
Hospice care has evolved considerably over the last decades. The myths and negativities have been largely debunked, but there are things we all need to know. We enjoyed our candid conversation with guest Yoli Campos Smith, an experienced hospice nurse. We are so grateful for Yoli’s expertise!
Hospice provides support for those nearing the end of life and their families. Death, a much avoided topic, is an important part of life.
Do You Know…
- What do you need to know about hospice if your loved one has dementia?
- Do you know the multitude of benefits available to you?
- What do you need to ask about hospice?
We answer these questions and dispel some of the hospice myths. This is an important program for those impacted by dementia and truly for all of us. The time to learn about hospice is before it is needed. Yoli Campos Smith is a nurse administrator at The Wesleyan Assisted Living and Memory Care in Georgetown, TX.
Facts About Hospice
According to The Alzheimer’s Association- (alz.org) Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill — and for providing support to their family. The primary purpose of hospice care is to manage pain and other symptoms during the last six months of life where treatments focus on comfort rather than curing the underlying disease.
Medical care to alleviate symptoms and pain (including medications and medical equipment)
Counseling about the emotional and spiritual impact of the end-of-life
Respite care to allow caregivers relief
Grief support for the family
About Doggies for Dementia:
Millions are impacted by Alzheimers Disease and related Dementias & just being around pets bring joy & reduces isolation. Doggies for Dementia Foundation is a 501c3 that provides support to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia to reduce isolation, and loneliness. We provide beautiful experiences and photos, a platform to share their stories and education.