If your loved one is going to be entering hospice care at home, you'll need to prepare for their care. This can be a stressful and emotional time. However, with assistance, you can make the transition more comfortable for everyone, especially your loved one. Here are three steps you should take to prepare your home for your loved one's hospice care.
Arrange for the Bed
If your loved one is experiencing pain, a hospital bed may be the best option for their sleeping arrangements. Since hospital beds are slightly larger than ordinary twin beds, you'll need to find a place in your home that will accommodate the bed, but will still provide your loved one with some privacy. If you or a nurse will be sleeping in the room with your loved one, be sure there's enough room to accommodate a second bed, or a recliner.
Prepare for the Equipment
When your loved one comes home for hospice care, you'll need to be prepared for the equipment. Some of the equipment may not be familiar to you. It's important that you familiarize yourself with the medical equipment that will be required for your loved one's care.
Ask your home health care provider to give you some advance training with the equipment before your loved one comes home for care. This will ensure that you're prepared to assist in your loved one's care once they return home. You might not be able to assist with all of the equipment – especially those that require specialized training – but you will be able to help with oxygen tanks and pain management equipment alarms.
Make Room for Visits
If there are other family members who will want to spend time with your loved one during those final days, you should set up space in your home for those visits. Setting up an area for family members to gather together, will provide all of you with the space you'll need to grieve together. It will also ensure that family members will have a place to gather in those final hours.
If your loved one is entering hospice care, be sure that your home is prepared for the transition. The information provided here will ensure that you have a safe and secure place for your loved one to spend their final days. For additional assistance preparing your home, be sure to speak to your hospice care facilitator and a supplier like Broward A&C Medical Supply Inc.
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