Providing Care in the Home Setting

| By Jodi Horton

houseCasa de la Luz Hospice participates in the time-honored hospice tradition of supporting people to live until they die in the comfort of their own homes. This tradition echoes earlier times, when dying was accepted as the natural closing of the circle of life, reflecting the rhythm of life in the fields and in the passing of the seasons. Families lived in close proximity, forming whole communities, villages, and towns. It was understood that grandmother would spend her final days at home, settled comfortably in the big feather bed, sharing the gifts of her life and wisdom, and receiving the love and care of her children, grandchildren, and others.

The ability to remain at home provides a sense of control in one’s environment. Individuals are able to enjoy life’s pleasures and to strengthen bonds with loved ones within the privacy and intimacy of the home. The familiarity of home soothes, comforts, and promotes relaxation, from the peace of the desert patio to the pleasures of family life. The rich potential for continued growth at the end of life often blossoms in the comfort of home.

In order to provide professional and enduring hospice care in the home setting, Casa de la Luz asks that a full-time primary caregiver be available as needed. All caregivers are trained and supported by Casa hospice professionals who make scheduled visits and are available in times of need or crisis, 24 hours a day.

Casa de la Luz Hospice is sensitive to the needs of caregivers, be they family members, friends, or other professionals. Counseling is offered to caregivers as an integral part of hospice care. Short periods of respite care may be provided to patients outside of the home setting, so that caregivers may rest and replenish their ability to go on caring for loved ones. Respite is also provided by Casa volunteers. They may become a companion to patients, or they may sit quietly, honoring the patient’s right to privacy as caregivers takea a break.

We consider it our privilege and duty to respect and help preserve a patient’s lifestyle, individuality, and dignity as we enter their home.

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