What to Bring Someone in Hospice Care
Published October 16th, 2019
When you have a loved one or a family member that is terminally ill, there’s always that fear they might be gone anytime soon. You often want to visit them as much as possible to show how much you care about them and that you always think of them.
But most people visiting their loved ones in hospice care often ask, “what should I bring them?”. While your presence is already enough to make their day, you can also give them special things that can warm their hearts.
Here is a list of what you can bring your loved ones who are in hospice care.
Whatever gender it is, you can always give flowers to someone. But you need to make sure that it doesn’t have an overpowering scent. Heavily scented flowers can irritate the senses and may cause headaches and allergies. Colorful flowers with minimal fragrance are enough and can lighten up their day.
Small and scented candles will make your loved one feel cozy and relaxed. Scented candles can help in calming the mood and bring back happy memories.
Ask in advance what scent your loved one likes as people in hospice care can be very sensitive to smell. Don’t also forget to ask the healthcare provider if aromatherapy is okay. Sometimes it can aggravate nausea and vomiting in people with medical conditions like cancer.
Photo Album or Scrapbook
A person who’s nearing death often wants to reflect on their past life. Bringing a photo album or scrapbook with lots of your pictures together will bring back good and sweet memories. This will help them feel happy, especially when they feel sick and tired.
Photo albums and scrapbooks can also make patients in hospice care feel at home.
Warm & Comfortable Blanket
Patients in hospice care are usually in pain, and they need to rest as often as they can. Giving a warm and comfortable blanket (such as a fleece blanket) can help them feel more comfortable when they are sleeping.
If you can make a handmade and personalized blanket, then that’s even better. Your loved ones will remember you every time they use the blanket you gave them.
Arts and Letters
Arts and letters from the little ones in the family can brighten up the day of a hospice patient. You can ask the children in your family to draw some arts so you can put it in a frame and hang it on the wall of the patient’s room.
You can also collect handwritten letters from the family so you can give it to your terminally ill loved one if they can still read.
Digital Voice Recorder
A hospice patient is usually talkative. They often want to talk to someone and share their life stories. Giving them a digital voice recorder will encourage them to tell their stories freely anytime they want.
Of all the things mentioned in this article, the best gift you can give to a patient in palliative care is yourself. A patient whose days are nearly over only wants to spend their last days bonding with their family. Even sitting quietly beside them is already enough because it is your presence that matters to them.
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About The Author
As a nurse, Franchette Agatha Jardin firmly believes in the importance of understanding the human body and the advancement of science. She writes about what people can do for the betterment of the world and how everyone can be part of something great.