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"Happy ending": What are the benefits of a home hospice and what does it include? - Walla! health


Many do not know, but in Israel the law allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with dignity at home, surrounded and cared for by family and professional staff, and everything ...

"Happy ending": What are the benefits of a home hospice and what does it include?

Many do not know, but in Israel the law allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with dignity at home, surrounded and cared for by family members and professional staff, all funded by health funds. We asked the "backlog of medicine", who specialize in home hospice care, to answer all our questions

"Happy ending": What are the benefits of a home hospice and what does it include?


Israeli law allows patients with incurable illnesses who are at the final stage of the illness to be admitted to an institutional or home-based hospice and receive supportive care during the difficult times. The goal is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families, and of course, like everything else in life, there are details and questions that are important to know and ask. To answer these questions, we invited Dr. Ronnie Zabar, Founder and Medical Director of Backlog Medical and Moran Weiss, Director of the Social Services Department in Zabar.

What is an hospice and what is a specific hospice?
"Hospice is a treatment framework that allows people who are dealing with a disease at the final stage, to receive treatment that is aimed at alleviating their quality of life and comfort, rather than the trend of healing," explains Dr. Zabar. Fortunately, in Israel, the service can also be accepted as part of an institutional hospice. Whether in large public hospitals or designated hospitals for that matter, and also in hospice home.

How Does Home Hospice Work?
"The initial meaning of a home hospice is that the hospital actually sends a multi-professional team that includes a doctor, nurse and social worker who allow the patient and his or her family to receive professional support available 24/7, so that if the person's choice is to end his or her life at home he can do so with minimum suffering and with maximum respect. After processes of closing and separating circuits, ”explains Dr. Tzabar.

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Minimum suffering and maximum respect. Older woman being treated for homeopathy (Photo: PR Backlog)

Home Hospice Backlog of Medicine (Photo: Backlog of Medicine, PR)

This is also perhaps the greatest benefit and meaning of home hospice. "I think the keyword here is the word of choice," explains Dr. Zabar. "In the end, no framework is always a good fit for everyone, but it is very true that in these moments, a person can also choose to end his or her life at home assuming that he receives professional guidance, That he is in his house everything else stays the same. "

One of the professional lenders is the social workers who accompany not only the patient's therapeutic process and rights, but also the family. "The social worker has a very significant place to support the family's organization around addressing the patient's needs," Weiss explains. "The focus of the intervention can vary from patient to patient depending on what is needed in terms of coping with the illness. It can be preparation for end-of-life separation. It can actually support reorganization around division of roles, and it can also help to better exploit rights and organize in the community and in the patient's residential environment." .

"happy ending"

The most important emphasis in caring for a person towards the end of his life is to sufficiently control the symptoms so that closures and separations can be done in fulfilling final wishes towards the end of life. "As far as we are concerned, the right accompaniment, or what Anat Gov called it 'happy ending', is the same accompaniment that allows such a feeling that after the passing of the beloved person we are very sad, but are in the feeling that we did it right and respectful and in his way," explains Dr. Tzabar.

Who is entitled to receive this service today in Israel and what does the procedure entail?
"The State of Israel is one of the most advanced countries in the world with rights granted to a person who is dying, so any person who is dying is eligible to receive professional service with emphasis on palliative care 24/7, whether they choose to stay in their home or choose an institutional arrangement. What you need to do is get a referral from the hospital, family doctor or treating physician, and the escort is free at no cost, in any area of ​​the country and any age.

Source: walla

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