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Enhancing quality of life through hospice care

At Hospice of the Northwest, we know life-limiting illnesses present unique challenges that can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life. We provide holistic care that goes beyond pain and symptom management to address the emotional, social and spiritual needs of both patients and their families. Here are five ways hospice care can help enhance overall well-being and improve quality of life:

Expert pain and symptom management

  • Personalized treatment plans are tailored based on each patient’s needs and goals.
  • Patients are given a range of treatment options including conventional therapies and integrative services like aromatherapy, therapeutic music and massage.

Emotional and spiritual support

  • The end of life is often accompanied by complex emotions and existential distress.
  • A patient’s care team includes a social worker and spiritual counselor who provide support for the patient’s emotional and spiritual well-being.

Navigating end-of-life care

  • Hospice of the Northwest's social workers are experts in end-of-life planning, including advance directives and the POLST form.
  • They assist patients and families with complex needs like facility placement, respite care or applying for benefits.

Personalized care at home

  • We provide services wherever the patient calls home.
  • Being surrounded by loved ones in a familiar place contributes to overall well-being.

Comprehensive family support

  • Hospice also provides support and education to the patient’s caretakers - whether it’s a family member, close friend or in-home caregiver.
  • The patient’s loved ones also receive bereavement support for up to 13 months after the patient’s death.

If you have any questions on how Hospice of the Northwest can help you or a loved one, please call us at 360-814-5550 to speak with one of our medical providers.