What are comfort needs?

Comfort needs can be provided to a client and/or loved one at the end of life if only those providing know exactly what they are. The National Institute on Aging, the NIA, stipulates the following as comfort needs:
 Physical Comfort
 Mental and Emotional Needs
 Spiritual Issues
 Practical Tasks
While some individuals want to know when they are dying, others would rather be left to the ‘surprise’ of it all. Some may want to take care of personal matters and some are content to let life be lived like there is no tomorrow – or the opposite – they don’t feel as though they should bother tying up loose ends because they won’t be here anyway to deal with the results.
As far as ‘death wishes’ go, some may want to be put on life support while others do not truly see the need. If the caretaker or family members bear witness to what life becomes with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, they may formulate their future plans based on what they see.
Many people will want love to surround them when it is their time to depart this world. A few may want to be left alone. As a caregiver you would think that being surrounded by love would be far less lonely since we all leave alone so why not be with those we care about right up until the bitter end?
Some end-of-life wishes are easier to produce than others – when we get the opportunity. That is why it is very important for a caregiver to have some semblance of knowledge where end-of-life hopes and dreams are written down so that if the death of their client happens while they are present, they can get that list to the appropriate individuals. This is certainly a big part of displaying that With Age Comes Respect! Fulfilling comfort needs is truly a means of deep respect!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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