Life is precious. We never feel as though we have enough time with loved ones, especially when illness is involved. Following a terminal diagnosis, family and friends are often consumed with their own feelings of confusion, fear, and grief, and may be at a loss for how to show support. However, support and understanding are what the person with the illness needs most.
If an individual in your life has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, the following tips can help you provide the support they need.
These are undoubtedly hard conversations to have, so take it slow. Only discuss what the person is willing or able to discuss in the moment, and assure your loved one that you want to help fulfill his or her wishes as the illness progresses.
Supporting a loved one with a terminal illness can be emotionally challenging, but ultimately beneficial to both the individual and to your own healing process. At Superior Home Health and Hospice, we know how much supportive care means for terminally ill patients and their families, and we are honored to help provide compassionate support that allows families to spend more time on the things that matter most.
Our hospice care services can support individuals and families throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties in a number of ways, including:
To learn more about our care team, our services, and how we can help individuals who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, reach out to our in-home hospice care team today at 805-742-4514. We are happy to answer any questions you have and provide much needed support and respite care for your family.