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Saturday, April 27, 2013

End of Life Guide for Dementia & Alzheimer's : Helping with Comfort and Care

At the end of life, each story is different. Death comes suddenly, or a person lingers, gradually failing. For some older people, the body weakenswhile the mind stays alert. Others remain physically strong, and cognitivelosses take a huge toll. But for everyone, death is inevitable, and each lossis personally felt by those close to the one who has died.

End-of-life care is the term used to describe the support and medical caregiven during the time surrounding death. Such care does not happen justin the moments before breathing finally stops and a heart ceases to beat. An older person is often living, and dying, with one or more
chronic illnesses and needs a lot of care for days, weeks, and sometimeseven months.
End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Carehopes to make the unfamiliarterritory of death slightly more comfortable for everyone involved. Thispublication is based on research, such as that supported by the NationalInstitute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. This researchbase is augmented with suggestions from practitioners with expertise in 
helping individuals and families through this difficult time. Throughoutthe booklet, the terms comfort care, supportive care, and palliative careare used to describe individualized care that can provide a dying person the best quality of life until the end. Most of the stories in this booklet
are fictitious, but they depict situations that reflect common experiencesat the end of life.
Read and Downland here : 
End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Care - end_of_life_helping_with_comfort_care_0.pdf


Rizwana Mundewadi said...

death, a truth, very difficult to see someone suffer the last days, , our aim must be to make this passing as peaceful as we can make.
Rizwana A.Mundewadi

Clare Rigby said...

Having a family caregiver for their elderly parent is great if you have a qualified person in the family that has the available time to provide the care needed. It is certainly the least expensive option than insurance long term health care from nursing homes, and it allows the parent to stay at home or in some cases it may be necessary to move in with the family caregiver. Either way, they are in a much better atmosphere than a nursing home or some other kind of medical facility.

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