End-of-life care is poses an immense challenge. The emotional rollercoaster of caring for a terminally ill loved one is difficult to prepare for and is only made more difficult by the often slow nature of the process.Hospice and Palliative Care
For many, end-of-life care is characterized by Hospice - attention given to a medical patient with an incurable disease. Hospice does not focus on rehabilitation; instead, hospice is structured to provide humane and compassionate care to an individual in the final phases of his or her life. In other words, the goal of hospice is comfort, not a cure. Hospice and palliative care are essentially the same thing-care for patients in the final stages of life-with a few major differences. The most significant difference is that hospice is usually offered in a home setting, with family members actively contributing to the care. While palliative care can be provided in a home, it is usually given to patients in a hospital setting because there is a greater emphasis in prolonging a patient's life.
The Oregon Hospice Association is a tremendous resource for all things hospice in the Beaver State, including legal resources, FAQ's and volunteer opportunities. It's a tremendous place to begin one's education about end of life care.
POLST, (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment), offers several resources specific to Oregon families in order to ensure that the goals of their end of life care are reached.More Resources
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