How Can You Cope with Scary Health News?

Receiving scary health news is never good, but when that news means that your senior is closer than ever to the end of her life, you might be feeling overwhelmed. There are still things you can do with this scary news to make the situation less frightening and more supportive for your senior.

Don’t Try to Hide from the Scary News

Your first instinct might be to run or to hide from this scary health news. The problem is that it’s not going to go away just because you and your senior don’t want this to be happening. There are still going to be situations you have to manage and to deal with, even though this is frightening. Having some help dealing with the emotions you’re feeling is going to become a priority.

Start Managing Grief, Even When it’s in the Anticipatory Stage

If the health news your senior has gotten is scary enough, you’ve probably learned that she either has a terminal condition or her health is such that she’s considered to be near the end of her life. You and your family member may start dealing with something called anticipatory grief. This is grief that you’re experiencing in advance of the situation causing you to mourn. It’s vital that you start dealing with those feelings now, rather than waiting.

Communicate with Whoever Needs to Know

There may be other family members that need to know what’s going on. But you’ll need to be careful with this, because your senior may have some specific preferences around who knows what concerning her health. Make sure that you understand her wishes before you share what’s going on, but open communication about what’s going on is going to help the other people in your senior’s life to understand.

Consider End-of-life Care Services

There may be other options, too. End-of-life care may be able to help your senior to have the type of care that she needs and wants now in order to enjoy the time that she has left. End-of-life care focuses on quality of life and maintaining as much comfort for your senior as possible, which may be the best path forward for her.

Getting scary or final health news about your senior is not easy. There’s a lot that you may feel is left undone, but having the right type of care for her right now will help you to solve what can still be solved.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING END-OF-LIFE CARE IN ROSEVILLE, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PIC COMFORT CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.

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