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Hospice Care: How It Can Meet the Spiritual Needs of Your Senior Loved One

Hospice care can be fairly scientific because the way we approach end of life issues is extremely complex. One thing that can be surprising is that almost everyone has some type of spiritual concerns when they confront their own mortality. In this way, hospice care can play an important role in meeting the spiritual needs of seniors and their live-in Tracy caregivers in hospice. Here are several facts concerning the spiritual care needs of seniors in hospice care. 

Even Seniors Who Are Not Religious May Have Spiritual Concerns 

One common misconception that hospice chaplains often encounter is that many think only those who are already religious have end-of-life concerns. That is not true. The concept of mortality is an extremely complex and confusing process, and it’s often a time where beliefs, ideologies and other worldviews are examined. Seniors often have a desire to “get right” or “make amends” for different areas of their lives where they feel they might have made mistakes. This process even occurs among atheist and agnostic patients in addition to those who are associated with organized religion.

A Hospice Chaplain’s Main Job Is to Help Seniors Explore Personal Beliefs 

Hospice chaplains must have a strong knowledge of different belief systems and they cannot under any circumstances bring their own salvation agenda into their work with your loved one. They must meet seniors whether they are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu or Muslim and help them explore their life path. It is not for chaplains to witness or preach to seniors in hospice care, but rather to provide thought provoking conversation and ease their end-of-life worries.

Hospice Can Help Seniors Review Their Lives 

Finally, meeting a senior’s spiritual needs means helping them to review and analyze their lives. Chaplains do this by helping them re-examine their beliefs, explore their contributions, examine their relationships, and engage in religious rituals if seniors wish to do so. This is often therapeutic and cathartic for seniors in hospice care, and it allows their families to take part in the process as well.

If your senior loved one is ill but has no need for hospice care, he or she may benefit from live-in or hourly home care Tracy families can trust with Home Care Assistance. Our trained caregivers can help with a wide variety of daily activities and offer care on a flexible, as-needed basis to our trusted clients. We’re available 24 hours a day for your convenience and we never require you to sign a long-term contract. Call us today at 209.650.8500 to schedule a free in-home consultation.