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If you’re looking into home care or hospice services, there’s a lot to think about. MetroWest is pleased to provide our Health Library to you, so that you can get many of your questions answered as you consider your options for home care.

What is Home Care?

Health Care that Comes to You

Home is where the heart is—not to mention your own bed, your favorite chair and your robe and slippers. It’s comforting to stay there, even if you’re sick or having trouble doing things on your own. If you need daily assistance but don’t want to move into a nursing home, you may consider home care services.

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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care Overview

The word "hospice" literally means "a place of shelter." Today, the "place of shelter" is not so much a physical location as it is a service that helps a patient who is terminally ill to die with dignity and peace. Hospice care is also the type of care provided to support a terminally ill patient at home or wherever he or she lives. Care usually involves relieving troublesome symptoms and providing psychological and social support for the patient and family. The goal of hospice care is to not only provide the terminally ill patient and the family with a comfortable death experience, but to also enable the person to live to the fullest, even with a terminal prognosis.

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What are the Different Types of Hospice Care Services?

Types of Hospice Care Services

Hospice care, unlike home health care, provides treatment to manage pain and symptoms associated with a terminal illness. In addition, hospice care gives support--emotionally, spiritually, and socially to the patient and the family. The goal of hospice is to provide comfort and care, not "cure" the illness or disease, like home health care. Pain and symptom control are the objectives of all hospice services. The goal of hospice care is to enable the person who is terminally ill to enjoy life to the fullest.

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What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care approaches

The goal of palliative care is to provide treatment that does not strive to cure the patient, but eases the patient's pain and other symptoms. Palliative care specifically addresses quality of life issues and symptom management.

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The Benefits of Hospice Care.

Hospices Offer Comfort at Life's End

It's a subject no one wants to think about, but for each of us, our lives must come to an end.

As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger, draining patients and loved ones alike. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.

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What Do They Mean By "Long Term Care"?

Understanding Long-Term Care

When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical, or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care.

If a person needs ongoing medical care or is unable to perform everyday self-care activities such as bathing, dressing, or grocery shopping, long-term care may be required. Experts estimate that approximately 10 million Americans need long-term care in any given year.

Long-term-care services may be provided in the home of the person who needs it, a family member’s home, or an assisted-living facility, hospice, or nursing home. Family and friends are the sole caregivers for more than three-quarters of elderly adults.

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What Questions Should you Ask a Home Care Agency Before Hiring Them?

Home Elder Care: Buyer, Beware

THURSDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- Many home aides who care for the elderly in the United States have no training and don't undergo stringent background checks or drug tests, a new study finds.

In some cases, the caregivers get no supervision from the agencies that hire and place them. Most agencies questioned said they recruit aides from advertisements, including Internet sites such as Craigslist, and some agencies appear to lie about their employees' screening or education, the researchers found.

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