Nursing homes or hospice – what is the difference?

Once you are here, you are already considering the decision of a professional helping you take care of your mother, father or other elderly relative. We know – the decision is difficult but caring for someone at a certain stage of his life is not easy. Therefore, if you are hesitant about who to turn to for help, it is important to understand the key differences between a nursing home and a hospice.

Many people are confused by the services offered by nursing homes and often equate them with hospice services. However, the two are quite different.

What are nursing homes?

Residents usually arrive at nursing homes after being cared for by another family member at home or after spending a long time alone in their homes and now in need of additional care. Sometimes caring for a loved one at home can be too difficult both physically and emotionally for the loved ones. That is why they decide to trust professionals whose mission is precisely the attention and approach to an adult who needs care and help even in the most seemingly minor of everyday life.

Although the decision to place a relative in a nursing home is often related to health problems, residents of such homes do not have to be in the final stages of a serious illness or condition. The focus in the Homes for elderly is on the quality and frequency of care, which is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These may include changing clothes, helping with meals, cleaning, physical and emotional support, conducting social activities or simply providing company. Last but not least, it is important to note that in nursing homes, residents are under the constant supervision of a home assistant.

Perhaps one of the most important things you need to know about nursing homes is that no matter how long your loved one stays (short-term or long-term) you can rest assured that they are well cared for. The resident is able to preserve himself, his spirit and his health for much longer thanks to the opportunity that homes provide for socialization, constant activity and guaranteed peace without the stress of everyday life.

What is a hospice?

Basically, a hospice is a medical facility designed to ease the pain and suffering of a loved one in bad health, when their life enters its final months, weeks or days. The hospice is focused on making the patient feel as calm as possible, not to be lonely and to live out his last days with dignity.

The services of the hospice are available at the moment when the patient enters the terminal stage or in other words when the disease is progressive and irreversible.  Hospice care reuire special experience that offers support to both the patient and his relatives. That is why a team of trained professionals works in the hospices. This includes doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, rehabilitators and caregivers. Together, they are available to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and his family.

If your loved one is terminally ill and you are unable to care for him at home, do not delay the specialized care of the hospice. Unfortunately, people tend to delay these services until the pain becomes unbearable, but this complicates the inevitable and leads to more suffering for the patient. The earlier the patient receives palliative care (reducing the suffering of the patient), the better. Many people want to stay in the comfort of their home and receive hospice care there. However, this is not always possible due to the location of their home and the lack of conditions available to the hospice as a qualified medical facility.

The mission of Blocks is to provide health and social care depending on the needs of residents or patients and also to eradicate the current established image in our country for medical and social institutions of this type. Blocks Adult Care aims to make residents feel at home, close to nature and have exceptional amenities that could not be found at their personal homes. Blocks Hospice provides high-quality medical care known worldwide, the necessary respect and humane treatment of people who are in the most difficult period of their lives.

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