When someone’s reaching the final years of their life, it can be stressful for everyone involved. We want to give them the best care possible while ensuring that they’re comfortable and supported both physically and emotionally.
These are the top ways to keep your loved ones as comfortable as possible in their final years, and why it’s so important to do so.
Ensure They Still Receive the Care Necessary
Medical care doesn’t simply stop just because someone’s nearing the end of their life. Instead, it increases in frequency and care. Of course, if your loved one is in hospice care, it’s easier for them to have access to medical professionals. Otherwise, it’s important to remember that not every situation is the same.
For example, if you have your relative living in-home and their symptoms change, it’s important to get them medical care as soon as possible.
Spend Time With Them and Talk to Them
Even if your relative isn’t completely conscious or isn’t lucid enough to recognize you, you must spend time with them and show that they’re loved. Human contact, especially with someone we care about, can be incredibly healing and make going through this easier.
Even if this means you read them a couple of chapters of a book a day, or you spend time watching television with them and talking about the shows, think about ways you can connect.
Give Them an Environment That Allows Them to Relax
Stress is bad for the mind and can worsen the symptoms of many illnesses, so you must give them an environment to relax as much as possible.
This could mean putting them in hospice care, or it could simply mean reorganizing the room they’re in so that the window is easy to look out from their bed or that they get the most temperature-controlled space of the home. Consider what would make them comfortable and go for it.
Get Support for Your Own Wellbeing
Your family member in their final years isn’t the only one going through this. It’s important that you, and any other people affected, seek therapy or mental healthcare while you go through this with your loved one.
Getting to talk it through with a trained professional will help you heal and mourn what’s going on while also giving you tools that will make this easier on you. Some mistakenly think this is a selfish thing to do, but it’s vital that you feel about yourself and your health to provide your loved ones with the best care they can have.
End of Life Care Is Vital for Everyone Involved
The care your loved one receives in their final years is important to them and you and everyone else who cares about them. If you’re able to give yourself the chance to heal and work past your pain and emotional upset, you’ll be more likely to be able to be there emotionally for your loved ones when they need you. Keeping them comfortable is better for everyone’s mental health.