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Taking care of the elderly suffering from a terminal illness can be troublesome. Their needs and demands are far more complex than their younger peers, not to mention they can be emotionally sensitive. What happens when these individuals are placed at home instead of in nursing facilities?

The world is aging rapidly. Society is in a state where there are as many older people as younger ones. While this doesn’t impose much concern as individuals, it can pose a trouble when perceived from the medical and healthcare perspective. If countless elderlies need help, who will be willing and available to help them?

As people age, their bodies weaken, making them more susceptible to illnesses and life-altering conditions. This is why there’s a significant effort in encouraging people to strive and stay as healthy as possible, even from younger ages. Once people reach their 60s, they hope their bodies remain healthy and strong, ensuring their security, independence, and productivity, allowing them a quality life. Unfortunately, millions of people, especially the elderly, still struggle with health-related challenges like chronic disease, terminal illness, and behavioral issues influencing their quality of life despite these efforts. And as these seniors encounter these problems, they’re commonly faced with a complicated decision.

Would they want to get admitted into medical facilities for their health problems, utilizing medical advances to prolong their lives? Or would they want to stay with their families and, with the latter’s consent and willingness, be treated at home?

Assisting Elders With Terminal Illness

When elders suffer from complications and health problems, they will most likely end up in medical facilities, with clinicians and nurses helping them. Hospice care facilities are created to provide care and comfort for a terminally ill individual. This way, they won’t need their family to spare time for them. With their jobs and families to care for, these seniors may deem it too burdensome to ask their children to care for them. Depending on their severity, treatment or maintenance for a terminal illness can be a hassle and may demand a routine or particular schedule.

However, assisting a family member suffering from a terminal illness won’t be as easy. Above the physical and mental strength, someone would have to overcome some emotional obstacles only to provide comfort and care.

Possibility of Spiraling Down

Depression is already a common problem and pattern for older people. How much more with the added strain and stress of a terminal illness? Their likelihood of falling into a negative headspace due to their circumstances doubles. With the limitations the condition puts on their body, they will likely feel like a burden to those around them. It will be easy for them to think they’re highly incapable. Hence, family members must reinforce the opposite belief.

Providing an in-home care service for these individuals will be more beneficial. This helps make them feel more at ease asking for help since they’re with family instead of strangers. Being with their loved ones will also reduce their risk of developing depression through constant exposure to children or the fun and loving atmosphere within their families. Quality in-home senior care through therapeutic services is often better than medical facilities providing professional services. The latter won’t be able to provide the comfort and love the former can readily supply.

Individual’s Emotional State

Caring for someone with a terminal illness may mean helping them carry the weight of their condition. With this shared burden, caring for these elders can also influence the caregiver’s physical and emotional state. They may take so much time caring for the other that they’ve already forgotten to care for themselves, depriving their body of meeting their needs. They may be helping another family member, but they’re compromising themselves.

Practical Tasks

Everyday tasks can already be too much for someone with a terminal illness. What may seem easy and mundane to ordinary people is already too taxing for these individuals. Hence, the care providers must always ask if the patient needs help accomplishing something. There’s an emphasis on asking for consent because they shouldn’t be made to feel highly dependent and incapable of moving independently. It’s essential to help, but know when the right time is.