Hospice care is an unusual type of care that focuses on the quality of life for everyone and gives caretakers who are experiencing a life-threatening disease or are terminally ill. It provides care for people who are in their last phase of the incurable disease so they feel comfortable.
This philosophy accepts that death is the final stage of life. Hospice brings a quality of life making the last stage of the life best. It does not hasten or postpone death. It only increases the quality of life, not the quantity- the number of days. Hospice care treats the symptoms of disease and tries to reduce them rather than treating the actual disease.
Hospice now provides health care services to patients through the telecommunications such as through phone calls and audio-video calls. The face-to-face encounters can now be done through audio-video calls. This telecommunication technology helps the hospice caretakers and the patients to have real-time communication.
WorkForce specially trained for encountering the covid-19 patients:
The hospice caretakers are now specially trained on how to provide care to Covid-19 patients. Such skills and competence are instilled in the workers that they can easily help the covid patients.
In a normal hospice health care system, the framework for the hospice assessment is 15 days. In this pandemic, the days have been increased to 21 days. So that health workers can assess the condition of patients more efficiently.
Relief for hospice caretakers from the government:
Hospice caretakers now taking advantage of the relief provided by the government. A special budget is set for these workers so they can easily provide the patients are the care they need.
However, people in this care are declining due to a lack of personal communication and things such as hugs and handshaking. Researchers emphasize that only strong patients should opt for hospice healthcare in times of covid who can live without the human touch. Failure in planning how to make the hospice treatment better has led to people losing their trust in this healthcare. The people living in hospices are made to believe that the workers and nurses working in these treatment houses are their families. This has been affecting their mental state since they can’t be with their families.
Health care workers such as doctors and nurses are on the front line fighting the disease. They are working together to combat and fight the disease. However, we can not deny the role of hospice health workers in fighting this disease too.