What is End-Of-Life Care at Bross Street?
As each individual’s journey through life is unique and diverse, so to is each person’s needs and desires as they move into the end of their lives. As our minds and bodies age, oftentimes our physical health will fail while our minds remain alert and sharp. Other times, it is our mental status that deteriorates far ahead of our physical bodies. Sometimes the journey towards death is somewhat calculated, such as with a person suffering from an incurable illness or disease. Other times death can come suddenly and without warning.
No matter what the circumstances are as we near the end of life, they undoubtedly will affect not just us, but our loved ones and others surrounding us in our final stages of life. It is therefore important to make sure that we prepare ourselves for this inevitability by surrounding ourselves with a dedicated team who can provide the medical and emotional support necessary not only in death, but in the time period leading up to it. What is end-of-life care at Bross Street? It is comfortable, home-based care that eases this transition for everyone involved.
Comfortable, Home-Based Care
End-of-life care is the term used to describe the support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. Transitions towards end-of-life are often stressful, uncomfortable, and difficult on both older adults and their families. At Bross Street, the fact that our facility is an actual home offers the most comfortable possible environment to receive end-of-life care. Each one of our residents has the option to receive end-of-life care, including support from in-home hospice, while remaining in their space at Bross Street. Our providers and clinicians work alongside these in-home hospice teams to provide superior care that is both personal and attentive to the individual’s unique and ever changing medical needs.
Entering the ending stage of life often is not only physically stressful, but mentally and emotionally as well. We have the unique ability to provide professional mental and emotional support through our therapeutic services, including anxiety, depression, and terminal illness counseling. What is end-of-life care at Bross Street? It is care founded upon the understanding that it is critical for older adults to have both mental and medical support in order to alleviate as much stress as possible during this difficult time.
Family Member Involvement and Support
The end-of-life care offered to a loved one often deeply involves family members in a variety of ways. Depending on the circumstances, family members might be assisting their loved one in making important end-of-life decisions. Often times, family members will have acute knowledge of the mental and emotional state of the individual receiving end-of-life care due to their deeper understanding of the aging individual. This allows family members a unique ability to become an integral part of the end-of-life care team, providing valuable insight leading to more personal, comfortable, and effective care. Our team of licensed clinicians will be available on-call throughout the end-of-life process to ensure the implementation of end-of care services best suited for your loved one.
While the stress taken on by family members during this time period can be overwhelming, we have the unique and oftentimes extremely helpful ability to offer mental health services to family members, including grief and loss counseling, to ensure the mental wellbeing of everyone involved. We encourage family members to continue to support and nurture their relationship with their loved one and understand that simply being there can be an important source of strength and comfort for everyone.
There is also the often uncomfortable and difficult task regarding the logistics of end-of-life. We are able to support families in planning sacred transitions, including religious and final wish preferences, to ensure that the end-of-life of each person is respected. Our team is able to support and advise any needed end-of-life arrangements, including an end-of-life celebration or moment of memory at the home. What is end-of life care at Bross Street? It is care that serves to honor each resident and their families with the most professional, dedicated, and personalized care available.
Take Comfort in Our Care
While the topic of end-of-life care is delicate and often troublesome at best, it is important to broach the subject with an aging individual in your life sooner rather than later. There are many options for senior living, all with differing services and levels of care. It is important that you and your loved one start the dialogue now to ensure the best and most well-suited care in the years to come.