What Is End-of-Life Care

In the final stages of a terminal illness, it may become apparent that you or your loved one is nearing the end of life. During this phase, the type of care provided shifts from preventative care to hospice care, also known as end-of-life care.

At Armada Hospice in Albuquerque, we acknowledge the difficulty in choosing end-of-life care and recognize the severity and emotions that come with it. To help both the patient and their loved ones find peace in the hospice process, we strive to provide comfort and care to everyone involved in hopes that they will enjoy their final moments together and that the patient will pass pain-free and with dignity.

What is End-of-Life Care?

When an illness no longer responds to curative treatments, end-of-life care is provided. Focusing on treating the person and symptoms of the disease rather than the disease itself, end-of-life care helps patients live fully and comfortably until their final breath. This enhances the quality of one’s final moments and allows them to be spent in peace, with grace, and surrounded by loved ones.

Still, you may be wondering “what is end-of-life care?” and “how does it help enhance one’s final moments of life?”

At Armada Hospice, the answers to these questions are found in the quality of our care focusing on pain management, medical care, and spiritual and emotional support that meets the psychological, physical, and emotional needs of each patient and their loved ones.

Customized Levels of Care

In accordance with the patient, their doctor, and family, Armada Hospice develops an individualized care plan. Upon determining which type of care is best for the patient, they will then be admitted into one of our following four levels of care:

Routine Level of Care
End-of-life services are provided in either a hospital or the home of the patient.

Hospice General In-Patient Care
Patients experiencing acute or severe pain that cannot be managed in their home are admitted into a hospital, hospice unit, etc. Patient is usually seen three to seven days by a caregiver.

Continuous Care
Patients who are in a period of crisis are provided hospice care in their home. To monitor and gain control over symptoms, administered care is given by nurses and certified nursing assistants.

Respite Care
Provided in an approved facility so that a patient’s caregiver is allotted breaks and is typically limited to five consecutive days at a time.

Have Questions? Get Answers From Armada!

It can be difficult to understand hospice and you may still be wondering “what is end-of-life care?” Our team of registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, and more are here to help you understand the process and be confident in the care you or a loved one is receiving. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (505) 812-1200, and let us help you understand the difference Armada Hospice in Albuquerque can make in your life.