Hospice and Palliative Care during COVID-19
Hospice and Palliative Care during COVID-19
It is particularly for those individuals who are suffering from severe and critical medical ailments. Also, for the people with life expectancy of just 6 months or even less than that. Moreover, it is specified for the patients who are concerned with just comfortable and high quality of their remaining life.
Hospice care is provided at home of the patient mostly. We appoints a nurse for the patient preceded by the reference given by the doctor.
We have well-trained inter-disciplinary team which is inclusive of physicians, chaplains, volunteers, nurses, social workers, and aides. They visit the patients periodically.
They provide the patients and their caretakers with due support and care as they need Hospice Care encompasses the close association among the patients, the caretakers, and their families.
Benefits of Hospice Care:
- Several hospice benefits are provided such as spiritual care, music therapy, art therapy, and social work through phone calls, webinars, and telepathy medications.
- The supporting crew of the hospice agency are available 24/7 and can be contacted anytime via the helpline. They provide relevant support.
- During any emergency condition, our team manage to cope with the situation and provide readily help, mostly by visiting the patient at home.
- The services of the hospice team which are provided at the nursing homes or the agencies enforce certain limitations i.e., prohibit the family visits.
- Alongside these important preventive measures, the hospice inter-disciplinary providers team, services related to bereavement, and pharmaceutical support system continuously provide compassionate support and care- the ever-known specialty of hospice care.
Hospice Care during Covid-19:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has largely been recommended. It is necessary to control the spread of this viral disease. In such a situation hospice benefits the affected people by modifying the contact among the people.
During this pandemic, our Hospice Care is continuously providing care and support to the patients and families with significant modifications aimed to minimize the exposure risk to every person involved such as the affected individual, family, and the team of a hospice agency.
For registration, in person consultation is provided to manage uncontrollable symptoms. CDC has established certain laws related to PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) inclusive of wearing gloves, gown, and mask.
Our Hospice Care team follows all the regulations and laws ensuring adequate care. We encourage all the hospice care families and their loved ones to ask for COVID-19 related strategies before selecting any hospice care. A good care involves having a clear understanding of patients’ goals, values, and preferences for treatment.
Palliative care would not have been more significant than this time of the pandemic. It is the situation that has made healthcare agencies and professionals much stressed and yearning to manage the intensive count of affected people. Coronavirus poses critical acute health damage for the duration not known. It makes countless people extremely sick; some even approaches death.
Regarding this, the general focus of Palliative Care includes healthy life, discerning the goals of affected, modified care strategies, management of pain as well as the symptoms, and support for the care-providers. The major population of patients under Palliative Care are old-aged people or immune-compromised individuals who are at a greater risk of getting infected. Utilization of the unique yet appropriate skill set, as well as strengths entailed in palliative care, should be the concern of the response.
Benefits of Palliative Care:
Some of the key benefits provided by palliative care include:
- Palliative care regularly contributes to the management of pain, as well as disease symptoms, to ensure a comfortable death and providing the appropriate support to the families and care-providers.
- Re-assessing the goals of the affected patient and aligning them with the plans of treatment in a rapid manner is the focus of palliative care.
- Palliative care plays an important role in the situation of scarcity of appropriate medical equipment (ventilators and beds in intensive care units (ICU)), such as, the patients and their families are suggested to adopt some alternative way out.
- Palliative care also aids the affected individuals and their families to comprehend, analyzed, and make a suitable decision regarding any situation by coordinating them with care.
- The exclusive wheelhouse of palliative care also includes spiritual care, strategies related to self-care, and team support.
Palliative Care during Covid-19:
Palliative care is the mostly opted in COVID-19 pandemic, as it is anticipated to provide the patients with fever-reducing medications or remedies, respirators, and the fluids to combat this infection.
We are well-aware of the strengths, skills, and out-of-box kindness and caring attitudes provided by our well-trained professionals of the palliative care team. And the way they are ready to provide the needy people with their services, by interacting regularly with the patients, their families, colleagues, as well as their communities.
A glimpse of Covid-19 Inception:
Covid-19 is an infectious disease that emerged in Wuhan (China). its causative agent is SARS-CoV-2 i.e., severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, cough, and shortness of breath. It was initiated in December 2019. In March 2020, WHO declared it as a pandemic disease. According to the estimation of the world health organization, the death rate reached up to 3.4% globally. The death rate is highest in old-aged people and immunocompromised patients.
Overview of COVID-19 in Houston:
Covid-19 started emerging in March 2020. Since then, the number of coronavirus-affected cases has approached to 311,000 in Houston. However, 263,000 patients got recovered and 3,900 deceased cases were reported. On March 4, 2020 the first coronavirus case was reported in Fort Bend county. According to numerous case reports afterwards, 41 affected individuals were reported amidst 4th and 15th .
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