Additional comfort during the end-of-life process can mean a great deal to your loved one. It can help them pass easier and come to terms with death while knowing they were loved. It is difficult to know when a loved one is approaching the end of their life.
One of the most difficult things at this time is your own sense of helplessness. Luckily, there are still things you can do in order to provide your loved one with the additional care they need at the end of their life.
Provide Warm Blankets
Your loved one’s hands, feet, arms, and legs may be cool to the touch. Keep them warm with soft and comfortable blankets. You could even consider providing them with a blanket they’ve used throughout their life.
Make the Room Comfortable
Make your loved one’s rooms as comfortable as possible when they are nearing the end of their life. Try things such as dimming the lights, playing soft music, lighting candles, using an oil diffuser, or bringing a warm heater into the room.
Talk Them Through What is Happening
As their body begins to shut down, your loved one may become disoriented. They may not know the time, day, or even who is around them. They can be helped by you.
You can identify yourself when you speak and tell them what is happening. Walk them through the steps you’re taking when you do things, so they aren’t confused even more by your actions.
Support their Wishes
Support your loved one’s wishes about their end-of-life care and the plans they have. If they are hoping to speak about funeral arrangements, you should try to push your feelings aside and support them with active listening. Allow them to take control and decide on the type of care they want to receive, and where they want to receive it.
Lucky Palliative Service provides support to patients and their families that are facing serious or terminal illnesses. To learn more about what we offer and how we can help with end-of-life care, please get in touch with us today.