ZCH helps terminally ill patients, family, and friends to navigate the final stages of a terminal illness. Our Hospice Care upholds dignity and focuses on quality of life for those that choose to die in their home or familiar surroundings accompanied by those they love. We can provide hospice care at home in Savannah and surrounding areas.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are usually very difficult and physical and emotional battles. Hospice is helpful in the end stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. ZCH serves our dementia patients by controlling symptoms. Hospice at home improves the quality of life and reduces anxiety for both patients and their families.
When is the right time for Hospice?
Hospice is a treatment designed for patients who have a life expectancy of six months or less. Six months or less can be difficult to access with dementia due to the slow decline of many patients. Only a doctor can order a hospice evaluation or make a clinical determination of life expectancy. However, here are common signs that Alzheimer’s or dementia has progressed to a point where a patient will likely benefit from hospice care:
- Complete dependency on others for eating, dressing, and grooming
- Only able to say a few words
- Inability to walk
- Severe signs of anxiety
How can Hospice help myself or a loved one?
Patients who utilize hospice services report a higher quality of life than those who don’t. Hospice patients can take comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their treatment. Patients receive care based on their specific health issues, and they specify what services they receive and don’t receive.