Considering caring for
your loved one in your home?
Being a caregiver for your loved one is one of the most challenging and most rewarding tasks you will ever do.
Hospice of North Idaho can support you as you take on the role of caregiver.
You will have access to 24-hour clinical staff to answer your questions, make in-home visits, and provide comfort care alongside you.
Choose comfort. Choose quality.
Choose the community’s trusted Hospice since 1981.
Idaho Advance Directives packet contains the Idaho Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and optional organ donation form. These documents will be used to guide your care if you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.
These documents become legally binding upon the signature of the adult. Notarizations are not necessary. Hospice social workers or an attorney can assist in the process, as needed. Talk about your decisions with your family. Change your Directives, as needed. Register your Directives with the Idaho Secretary of State so that healthcare providers and loved ones can access a copy. http://www.sos.idaho.gov/hcdr/index.html
The Idaho POST
A Physician Order for Scope of Treatment (POST) is filled out by your primary care physician in consultation with you. It describes your wishes for medical treatment at the end of life stage due to an incurable disease or irreversible injury. It describes your wishes regarding resuscitation, comfort measures, IV and ventilation interventions, fluids and antibiotics. Your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care cannot override your POST form unless your Power of Attorney (POA) can provide evidence that your last known expressed wishes are different from those indicated on the POST. The POST takes precedence of your care above all other documents.
NHPCO on Caregiving http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3323
Soul Injury, Healing the Aftermath of War and Trauma (for both 20th and 21st century Veterans): http://www.opuspeace.org/
Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/03/09/146583986/pet-therapy-how-animals-and-humans-heal-each-other
Grief.com Because love never dies https://grief.com/
E-Copy of the Living Will and Power of Attorney for Health Care, “Advance Directives,” https://sos.idaho.gov/hcdr/LivingWill_DurablePowerOfAttorney.pdf
End of Life Parables, a YouTube video series: Creative and helpful representations describing the hard concepts in hospice and palliative care for families and care providers. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEi2lJZnm3Mdo9JNPjaExBg
Being Mortal, PBS Frontline documentary https://www.pbs.org/video/frontline-being-mortal/
See how one family talked about end-of-life planning and what this conversation generated, https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/conversation-familys-private-decision-17438081?tab=9482930§ion=1206853&playlist=17438316
Your Hospice Care Team will provide you education for safe care at home.
From the first visit, Hospice of North Idaho teaches caregivers best practices for providing confident care.
HOME CARE TIPS
Here are just a few tips from the “Patient and Family Handbook:”
1. Be sure to wash your hands before and after providing care.
2. Keep your loved one’s skin soft with lotion to help prevent dry skin.
3. Oral care should be done at bath time and after meals.
4. Your loved one may sleep most often and have waking dreams. They may talk less often.
5. It is normal to lose weight and lose appetite. The body gradually minimizes digestive functions to route energy to vital organs. Regarding food requests, let the patient be the guide.
6. Hearing is the last of the senses to be lost. Share your favorite memories, pray, or play their favorite music.
7. Breathing patterns often become slower or faster in cycles. If you are worried about these changes let your care team know.
8. Feet and legs will begin coloring to purple and feel cool to the touch, as a natural slowing of blood circulation. This is not painful. Keep your loved one covered with a light blanket.
9. Prepare your home to be a safe place to provide care: Post hand washing procedures at each sink, remove tripping hazards from walking areas, store medications where the caregiver can monitor its access, learn safe use of oxygen from Hospice.
Your community Hospice is available 24-hours a day to help you deliver confident care. Call us to help you prepare for home caregiving!