Posted: February 13th, 2023
Unlike PAS which hastens death prematurely through physician-assisted suicide, hospice offers a more humane approach to end-of-life care. Instead of hastening death with lethal drugs or other methods, hospice strives to make dying as comfortable and pain free as possible while respecting everyone’s right to choose how they want to die. Hospice care typically includes symptom management (including pain control), psychological/emotional counseling, respite care for caregivers, spiritual counseling/support if requested by patient or family member(s), education about end-of-life issues and available resources; home health aides; dietary advice; transportation assistance; homemaker services (shopping/preparing meals); bereavement follow up after death has occurred; and volunteer visits if desired by the patient or family member(s).
Palliative Care is similar in its intent as hospice but is often used when curative treatments fail instead of at the very end stages of life like hospice serves. Its main purpose is also focused on relieving symptoms such as pain from an illness instead of attempting a cure or halting progression. Palliative Care usually encompasses many aspects such as physical therapy during treatment sessions so that patients can remain mobile despite their debilitating illnesses thus allowing them some independence and enhanced quality living prior to their eventual passing due to their condition’s natural progression instead being hastened via physician assistance like with PAS.
Terminal Sedation is another alternative option which consists administering sedatives either intravenously or orally until unconsciousness takes over completely eliminating any discomfort caused by an untreatable condition ultimately leading up towards death however this differs greatly from PAS due it actively preventing suffering versus causing it directly through intervention done by a doctor where euthanasia happens intentionally rather than naturally progressing due accompanying diseases leading up towards one’s demise . Terminal sedation may be combined with palliative measures–such as pain medication–to ensure maximum comfort before getting into deep sleep stage until expiration occurs whenever it does so happen without causing undue suffering via means other than disease itself.
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