Helpline: End of Life Support

Caregiver End-of-Life Care and Support Tools
Providing quality care for someone through the final stages of life until the patient's death at home depends mainly on the efforts of family caregivers. Family members and caregivers experience immense physical and mental stress during this period. Unfulfilled needs and dissatisfaction with personal care can trigger negative results for both patients and caregivers.

The end of a patient's life is a difficult time for the caregiver. Some caregivers are experiencing challenges during this time, but consider caregiving a life-enriching experience. Others think alternative care services, such as a care facility, local hospices, and palliative care programs, are better options for end-of-life care.

ExtendaTouch is an online helpline that you can use to get emotional support from our fellow family caregivers gone through similar situations. They can give you useful information and advice about life caregiving, the best end-of-life support options for your loved one, and how to go strong through the challenging stage.

The Complexity of End-of-Life Care
The end-of-life care for a loved one suffering from a terminal illness is difficult. During this time, you have to focus on making the patient as comfortable as possible. However, given the complexity of end-of-life decisions and challenges, caregivers require plenty of support. Getting help, ideas, advice, information, and emotional support from the right people can help you cope with the difficulties.

Our fellow caregivers at ExtendaTouch, who have had similar experiences, can be a great resource for you. They can provide useful tips, information, and advice to make the end of life as comfortable as possible for your loved one. You can also get emotional support to cope with the stress and difficulties involved through our online support service.

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My father’s end of life experience was a positive one. He was in my home, surrounded by his family. My mother had passed away suddenly three months before. He was ready to join her. By this time I had nurses in the house around the clock. They gave me enough notice when the end was near to summon my brothers and sister (by phone from Hawaii) and other family members to say goodbye to him. Even though he seemed to be in a coma, I knew he could hear us. When I told him I had my sister on the phone and it was ok to go, he squeezed my hand in acknowledgement. He died within minutes. My children, who were 7 and 9 at the time, commented to me that they were glad they got a chance to say good bye to grandpa. They lamented that grandma had died in the hospital and they didn’t get to say goodbye.
andyc, ExtendaTouch facilitator
I need help explaining what hospice is all about to friends who are caring for a loved one.
I was the sole caregiver for my husband as we went through the end of life stage of his life.
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My grandmother lived to be 98 years old. For most of her 90s, we would speak on the phone every Tuesday, even though we were 1,000 miles apart. I cherish the memories of those calls, and I know she did as well.