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Hospice: Palliative Care In A Limbo Because Of COVID-19

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According to the researchers, amidst the COVID-19 crisis we must look forward to longstanding and good care facilities for palliative care in hospitals. Advice for families is that families should prepare themselves for potential palliative or hospice care for a loved one.

When Julianna Marrone made the difficult decision to admit her father, Jay, to the hospital for his mental illness, she knew her family was now in a long, hard struggle.

Marrone knew now she would not be able to see her father more often. Moreover, she may have to trust strangers to look after him when other family members are gone.

Marrone was unaware that the pandemic was leading to worse situations, both for her father and her family members looking after him. Furthermore, she says that her father’s medication and natural therapy meant a lot to him.

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Unfortunately, the prevailing condition gives rise to many complications. Only a restricted number of visitors were allowed to look after the patient. Thus, COVID-19 made the family stuck in the hospital.

Marrone and her family suffer a lot because of pandemics like other people in palliative care and hospice care.

It is an essential requirement of the long-term care facilities and nursing homes to keep an eye on the patient’s safety as well as the employees’ safety.

Striving To Improve Follow-up 

Being a victim of potentially challenging fall and winter warns caregivers to bring improvement to their services.

According to the study authors, it is unconscionable if there are inadequate palliative and hospice care plans. Furthermore, it may end up eroding the patient-family trust, long-term emotional health, and core values of the society.

Dr. Lawrance Kay is the chief medical officer at Empath Health. He also operates at Suncoast Hospice in Florida. According to him, treating patients with medicine becomes easy if the patients get connected to the family members.

He told Healthline that the industry is working to make it possible for family members to visit patients of pandemics without jeopardizing anyone’s safety. According to him, hospice and palliative care are all about hugging people. Thus, decreasing the feeling of being lonely in the patient.

A patient with any pathological condition suffering from depression or anxiety left alone by family members becomes sad and downhearted. Thus, resulting in loss of hope of surviving and ever being able to live happily.

Such people mostly don’t recover from the disease and may die a painful death. However, those people who somehow meet their family members even through video or audio call felt much better.

Palliative Care 

Both families and experts agree that future planning is a necessity. Moreover, better planning together with possible solutions to problems that may occur soon will result in better results. Furthermore, it will reduce the potential damage.

Dr. Jean Abbott, MH, is a retired emergency medicine physician. She also teaches at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. According to her and her colleagues, hospitals and Palliative Care Centers must plan ahead and always be ready for any pandemic or emergency.

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They must have a full stock of Personal Protective Equipment and medicines. Furthermore, staffing, beds, equipment, and medical drugs must be present in the hospital at all times.

In case any of the family members are suffering from terminal care. Moreover, their family members cannot take care of the patient appropriately. They must decide before-hand whether to admit the patient to Palliative Care Centers.

Furthermore, family members can visit the patient regularly. The patient, whether it’s a pandemic situation or not, must learn how to use technology. Thus, the patient can use technology to connect with loved ones.

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