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for people who are nearing life’s end
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Family & Caregiver Support

What to expect during end-of-life care

Facing end-of-life care can be a challenging and emotional journey for families. Understanding what to expect during this time can help ease some of the uncertainty and allow you to focus on providing the best possible support and comfort to your loved one.

Comprehensive care and support

At this critical stage, your loved one will receive comprehensive care aimed at managing pain, alleviating discomfort, and enhancing their quality of life. Expect a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and counselors, to work together to address medical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Open communication

Effective communication is vital. Your loved one's healthcare team will engage in honest, compassionate conversations with you and your family to explain the prognosis, treatment options, and goals of care. Don't hesitate to ask questions or express your concerns — they are there to support you.

Pain and symptom management

End-of-life care prioritizes comfort. You can expect the healthcare team to focus on pain and symptom management, ensuring your loved one's comfort and dignity. Medications, therapies, and interventions will be tailored to their specific needs.

Emotional support

End-of-life care extends beyond physical needs. Families should anticipate emotional support for both the patient and themselves. Social workers and counselors can offer guidance and assistance in coping with grief and complex emotions.

Personalized care plans

Each individual's journey is unique. Expect a personalized care plan that respects your loved one's wishes and values. Families are encouraged to actively participate in creating and adjusting the care plan as needed.

Family involvement

Families play an essential role in end-of-life care. Expect to be involved in decision-making, caregiving, and offering emotional support. Your presence and love are invaluable during this time.

Planning for the future

End-of-life care often involves discussions about advance directives, living wills, and funeral planning. These conversations are important for ensuring your loved one's wishes are honored and for relieving some of the burden later.


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