How to Help Hospice Patients Be Physically Comfortable
Suffering from a terminal illness often comes with feeling pain and discomfort. This is why we believe that hospice and palliative care should focus on pain management, as well as providing comfort care during the remaining days of your terminally ill loved one.
These feelings of pain and discomfort may be symptoms of the illness or side effects of their medication. As the #1 provider of hospice care in Richardson, Texas, we are sharing with you the common causes of these feelings and how to address them.
- Breathing problems.
Shortness of breath or dyspnea makes it hard for a sick loved one to communicate. Elevating the head, opening a window in the room, and using a humidifier can help relieve breathlessness.
- Skin irritations.
Lying down in the same position for prolonged periods can cause bed sores. These bedsores are painful and itchy. Our nursing care can help with assisting your sick loved one in moving to a different position and also by treating their bed sores.
- Digestive problems.
Problems such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and constipation are common for terminally ill patients. Sometimes, these can even be side effects of pain medication. Ask your loved one’s doctor about medication that can help relieve these problems or side effects.
At Ameri Hospice, our hospice and palliative care in Texas is provided by our trusted and professional nurses who can help in making your sick loved one as physically comfortable as possible while they are still here with us.