We can help you and your family cope with the challenges of serious illness. Your Hope team will fully explain your plan of care. You will learn how to use medical supplies, how to help your loved one with personal care, and what to do in case of emergency.
If you don’t fully understand anything being explained to you, ask for your Hope staff to repeat the instructions. You may need to hear some tips more than once. Make sure you feel comfortable with the skills you are asked to learn. Remember, you are never alone. Call us any time, day or night, at (239) 482-4673 or (800) 835-1673.
As caregivers, we sometimes become so involved in the day-to-day efforts to keep things going we may forget to let others know that we need help too. You can and should ask friends and family to share in caregiving duties. Consider creating a list of things that need to be done, such as grocery shopping, laundry, errands, lawn care, or housecleaning. If someone says, “let me know if there is anything I can do,” ask for help with an item on the list.
Respite means taking a break from your normal duties. Even if it’s only 20 minutes a day, do something just for you. A Hope volunteer may be able to sit with your loved one while you take time to:
- Go to a doctor’s appointment
- Go shopping
- Attend church
- See a movie
- Have your hair or nails done
- Visit with other friends and family
However, you choose to take a break, make sure you do it often enough to maintain a healthy balance to address your own needs.
What to Expect at the End of Life
Our Transitions guide addresses many common concerns. It describes the natural changes at the end of life and suggests helpful ways to respond that will support your loved one.
- Topics include:
- Physical Signs and Symptoms
- Emotional Signs and Symptoms
- What to Expect Following Death
- Caregiver Care
We hope this booklet helps you prepare as your loved one approaches the end of life. If you need support or guidance, we’re always available. Call us 24 hours a day at 239-482-4673 or 800-835-1673 for additional help.