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What is the Difference between Live-In Care and Hospice Care

By: Expert Author Tom Dean, Owner at Comfort Keepers Fort Myers and Naples FL 

Live-In Care Fort Myers and Naples FLMaking end-of-life decisions for your aging loved ones is never something you want to think about. By making these decisions, however, you are continuing the love and support that they have offered use throughout their lives and that you want to show them in return one of the biggest decisions that a family can make for an aging loved one is whether to place them in hospice care or maintain live-in care.

Hospice care is specifically designed for those people who are nearing death. The carrot is designed not to cure any illness, or perpetuate life specifically, but see to the basic personal needs and comfort of the senior. This care can last for several months or only a couple of weeks. However long it lasts, however, it can be a valuable assistance during this time of transition.

Generally speaking, hospice care is provided in a special section of a hospital or assisted living center. This allows for easy access to doctors and other professionals that can ensure the comfort of the senior, as well as the continued communication with the family.

Live-In Care, on the other hand, allows the senior to remain right at home. A home care companion comes daily and provides support for the senior and the family. This can include bathing, grooming, feeding, and simple companionship. This is a more appropriate option for seniors who aren’t dealing with complex medical situations that may require special interventions, such as frequent doses of pain medication.

Sometimes hospice care and live-in care can be combined. A home care companion may be supported by another professional trained to provide the hospice level care that your loved one needs. This means that your loved one can spend the whole last part of his life in the home that he loves surrounded by his family.

Would making the decision regarding live-in care or hospice care, consider the needs of your loved one. Evaluate whether he needs complex care, or whether he just need support and some help during this time. Remember also, that the caregivers that will be comforting your loved one, will also be comforting you. They will help you through this transition and tried to make it as easy for you as possible.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of and

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