Our approach is based on compassion, gentleness and calmness. We recognize that each life is unique and requires individualized care. As specially trained caregivers, we know the changes that will occur over the last weeks of life and that there are many ways to provide support for your loved one and your family.
As your loved one nears death, you may notice that he/she sleeps longer, has less energy, eats less or withdraws from family and friends. This is normal and necessary to the dying process. Talk to your health care provider and initiate comfort care with the options that are available to you. We are here for you to listen and explain the care process.
Take guidance from your own experience with the person since you know them best – be their advocate. Be there if possible, chatting, laughing to ease tension and bring you closer together. Silence can also be a powerful way of communicating when words can't be found.
Our nurses will be glad to help by demonstrating physical care.
These are changes that nurses anticipate and know how to intervene with comfort measures: for example, oral care, bed bath, incontinence care, positioning, skin care, sips of fluids if they can swallow, monitoring vital signs, eye care, safety measures if agitation is an issue.
Talk about ordinary things that are going on in your life, happy memories, say thank you, I love you, I'm sorry, then be quiet, forgive me, if you wish. Listen attentively.
Be kind to yourself so you can be there fully when you are able. It's ok to make some boundaries and accept that you are not perfect.
Fear of saying the wrong thing, fear of breaking down and crying, fear of the unknown.