In my spare time, I have been reading in the whole area of death and dying, given our new legislation that has to do with euthanasia. The next few books reviewed here represent this small portion of literature that I am combing through. And I was surprised at how many books are published by Canadian doctors and people who are really concerned about this new bill.
This is a book about Palliative care. It is often referred to as hospice care, and it describes the care and support offered to people in their final stages of life.
Whether someone spends their last days of life at home or in a hospice, hospital or long-term care facility, palliative care and home care workers and family caregivers strive to improve the quality of that person`s life. They provide physical, spiritual and emotional support while respecting the dying person`s wishes and quality of life.
A Caregiver’s Guide presents family caregivers the medical and nursing information they will need in clear, easily understood language. This will help them to understand the journey upon which their loved ones have embarked to become effective, informed members of the palliative care team and to provide essential physical, spiritual and emotional support. Sharing this journey with a loved one can be demanding but it is also one of the greatest gifts friends and families can share.
I love the idea of palliative care. The problem is there are not enough palliative care facilities in Ontario and Canada. But I do think that this is a solution to the problem.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth