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Iagree with you that hospice patients and their loved ones are amongthe vulnerable population that needs adequate mental, physical andemotional care. Although the aim of hospice care is to improve thelives of those suffering from serious illnesses and conditions, thiscan only be achieved if affected aggregates are properly informedabout their status and encouraged to take part in treatment (Oliveretal. 2016). As you have mentioned, one of the main factor hinderingthe effective use of hospice is fear and stigma which comes about asa result of having to use medications to achieve comfort. From anindividual’s perspective, I believe overcoming this fear will helpresolve major challenges experienced in hospice. The EMPOWER programwas effective in its campaign because it identified these barriersand explored possible solutions to the problems.
Justto add to what you have stated, it is also important to note thatcaregivers in hospice care also experience their form of suffering.Even though it may not be in as much scale as the patient, they areoften alone and exhausted. According to a recent study, researchersfound out that much of the exhaustion are caused by the staggering ofcare requirements (Unroe et al. 2016). This includes frequentmedications, emotional support, toileting and feeding among others.The caregiver knows that the person he or she is attending to dependon him for the very quality of life. Effective treatment will,therefore, require that both the needs of the patients, his or herloved ones and the caregiver are addressed (Lum et al. 2015).Additionally, since hospice care entails holistic growth,interventions and solutions to some of their problems should alsofocus on addressed the victim’s social and spiritual needs. Forexample, even as time passes and death seems not distant away,patients and their loved ones should be educated on how to make andaccept hard life decisions.
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Oliver,D. P., Demiris, G., Washington, K. T., Clark, C., & Thomas-Jones,D. (2016). Challenges and strategies for hospice caregivers: Aqualitative analysis. TheGerontologist,gnw054. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw054
Unroe,K. T., Sachs, G. A., Dennis, M. E., Hickman, S. E., Stump, T. E., Tu,W., & Callahan, C. M. (2016). Effect of Hospice Use on Costs ofCare for Long‐StayNursing Home Decedents. Journalof the American Geriatrics Society, 64(4),723-730. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.14070