Hospice and Palliative care improve the quality of life of the terminally ill patient. It includes pain management, depression management, Social engagement, spiritual activities, management of symptoms which help to improve the quality of life but do not attempt to cure the terminal illness.
Hospice and Palliative care does not tend to increase the lifespan or cure the terminal illness. It helps patients to die with the least pain and emotional distress. Hospice care also helps families to handle the stress of loss of loved ones.
Following are Public health changes to provide End of Life Care
1. How easily End of life care is available to the population:
Percentage of terminally ill patients who utilize Hospice or Palliative care in the USA is lower than in many developed countries. In the last few years, Hospice services have been evolved as Home-based care, Inpatient care, Hospital-based care, and based in Assisted Living, Nursing home and independent senior living. Medicare and Medicaid cover Hospice and Palliative care expenses.
2. Effectiveness Care
Another challenge of public health is the effectiveness of Hospice care. Following questions have to answer to check the effectiveness of Hospice and Palliative care.
- Does palliative care is adequate to minimize the pain of the patient?
- Does Hospice care diagnose and treat all conditions which help patients to improve the quality of end of life care?
- Does Hospice care reduces the mental stress and improve emotional state of the patient.
Hospice care in Dallas is easily accessible as it is available in the form of home-based care, Hospital-based care, Inpatient hospice based and based in other institutions like senior living, Nursing homes and Assisted Living.