Special Things to Do With Your Senior in Hospice

If you have an elderly family member receiving senior care who has been placed into hospice, you may be feeling overwhelmed with emotions and wondering what you can do to make the most of every moment with your loved one.

Whether you have a little or a lot of time left with the loved one in your life, there are things that you can do today that will allow you to make the most of every moment while ensuring that the time spent with them is quality.

Take pictures

Taking family photos after a terminal diagnosis or after entering hospice care can be a very personal issue for some, and it is important to ask the senior in your life if they are okay with it if this is something you wish to do. Having pictures that include your senior, especially if you have never done that before, can be very comforting and special to some people.

If this is something you decide to do, make sure your senior is comfortable and that the setting feels as natural as possible. Keep it light and talk to your photographer beforehand about any special instructions or ideas you would like them to keep in mind.

Family tree

If you haven’t already created a family tree, now is a great time to do so. Sit down with your senior and any other family members that want to be included and map out your family history in a document that can be passed down to further generations. Take this time to ask questions about your ancestors and listen to stories that your senior wants to share.

Consider their wishes

Does your senior parent or loved one have any bucket list items or ideas they would like to do in their life? Do they have any other requests that they would like to share with you? It can be a difficult or uncomfortable conversation to have, but if your senior tries to talk with you about their final wishes, it is important to listen. If there is anything that you can help them with, do your best to make accommodations so that they can achieve any last experiences they have always wanted to do and reassure them that their final wishes will be adhered to.

Gather together

If your senior is okay with the idea and would be able to enjoy it, consider having a small gathering or other type of get-together so that everyone can spend quality time with your loved one receiving senior care under hospice at home.

Just be there

Lastly, just be there for them. Let them know that you are with them, keep them as comfortable as possible, and ensure them that they are not alone. It can be emotional and hard to see our seniors nearing the end, but you won’t regret the time you spent with them or the love and care you gave them when they needed it the most. Tell them all of the things you have always wanted them to know and let them know how much you love them.

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About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.