Hospice care provides special services that focus on the comfort and care of people who are nearing the end of life. Provided by a team of doctors, skilled nurses, hospice aides, and social workers care usually consists of medication management for symptoms, along with emotional and spiritual support. This care often includes the use of special hospice medical equipment and supplies that improve the patient’s quality of life in their home.
Much of the same medical equipment for hospice care is helpful for palliative care, which is specialized care for people living with a serious illness but who are expected to survive. As with hospice care, the medical equipment and supplies provided for palliative care provide relief from symptoms and improve the quality of life.
What Medical Equipment Does Hospice Provide?
Because hospice and palliative care can continue for weeks or months, hospice equipment and the equipment needed for hospice and palliative care at home are more durable than that used for other types of care. For safety and convenience, the equipment is of the highest possible quality, using the latest medical technology and construction materials. This equipment is also easy for patients and caregivers to use.
In-Home Palliative Care and Hospice Medical Equipment
The medical equipment used for in-home hospice and palliative care is similar to what you may find in a hospital setting. Your at-home hospice and palliative care medical equipment may include the following items and more:
- hospital beds
- low air loss mattress
- shower chairs
- walkers and canes
In-Home Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Supplies
In-home hospice and palliative care medical supplies improve the quality of life for people who have a medical condition that requires constant care, but who do not need to be in a hospital. These medical supplies for hospice patients may be reusable for multiple uses after proper cleaning and sterilization, or disposable after a single use.
Hospice and palliative care medical supplies may include:
- wound care supplies
- briefs, pads, and other continence care supplies
- oxygen supplies, such as oxygen tubing
- positioning devices including cushions and wedges
- blood sugar test strips
- personal care products, such as soap, shampoo, body lotion, and barrier creams to protect skin health
Palliative Care and Hospice Medication Management
People in hospice care typically take several medications to slow the progression of their disease, and to manage pain and other symptoms. Medication management in palliative care and hospice care can be challenging, especially for patients and families who are not nurses or medical professionals.
Unique Hospice’s team of caring providers can help patients and their families stay on track when it comes to medication. The team works to provide accurate medication treatment based on the patient’s specific diagnosis and comfort, along with detailed instructions for care and safety.
Why Choose Unique Hospice
Unique Hospice is dedicated to providing compassionate, meaningful, and effective hospice and palliative care to patients and their families. We make it easy to order and manage the supplies and equipment patients need for a higher quality of life, and we always deliver hospice supplies and equipment in a timely, convenient manner.
For more information about hospice medical equipment, consult with the caring team at Unique Hospice.