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Mental Health and End-of-Life Care

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

Hospice's mission is to provide patients with the best end-of-life care possible, including giving attention to their mental health. Various concerns such as having a fear of dying may impact a patient's mental health, and they may also suffer from other mental health issues that might be challenging to deal with during their end-of-life care.

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Although mental health is just as vital as physical health, many people don't receive the required assistance which can add difficulties to their end-of-life and medical care. Extra mental health assistance can be incorporated into their care plan when a hospice patient is identified as having mental health issues.

According to studies, mental health care may significantly improve the lives of patients and their loved ones with proper screening and diagnosis. Depression, anxiety, and dementia are common illnesses frequently undiagnosed in terminally ill patients. When correct diagnoses are made, the patient can receive the care that is needed.

In the best scenario, a hospice patient evaluated with a mental health condition will already be getting effective treatment. For instance, a hospice care plan may consider that if the patient is taking antidepressants for mental wellbeing and allows them to continue taking their prescription.

Hospice and round-the-clock nursing care services should be able to adequately assist persons with mental health concerns because mental health comprises a significant portion of a person's quality of life and wellbeing. Mental health issues also don't just affect the patient; they significantly impact their loved ones' lives as well.

Speaking of affected loved ones, if you are a caregiver interested in joining our virtual Caregivers Death Café on Tuesday, October 18th @ 7:00PM, you can do so by registering here.

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