We are all saddened by the prospect of having to accept that our loved ones are going to leave us one day, but during the last few months of their lives, if conditions allow, hospice can provide them with as much happiness and comfort as possible.
When people are charged with the task of planning hospice care for a terminally ill loved one, it’s important that as thorough of a job as possible is done to ensure their comfort.
Part of that thoroughness can include utilizing modern communications solutions designed to link together people located a county away or across the country in order to provide as much of an actual face-to-face interaction as possible, while doing so virtually. And according to recent research, caregivers and family members have found benefits in these solutions by utilizing web-based video conferencing tools in pre-hospice planning.
As opposed to simply speaking over the phone, video conferencing provides context clues surrounding communication, allowing participants on a call to observe how the other gesticulates when talking or reacts when listening. They pick up on nonverbal cues that would otherwise be missed on the phone. With regards to hospice care, it is vital that all participants in a conversation are on precisely the same page as every decision made is of the utmost importance.
Video conferencing also enables users to remain connected no matter how far apart they may be. For example, if you need the advice of a particular caregiver who happens to be across the country, you can still connect with him or her and have a virtual face-to-face conversation exploring the best treatment options available. If your loved one is far away and you can’t get there, video conferencing provides another option for virtual visitations.
Health care professionals are increasingly employing video conferencing solutions to provide versatility to their industries and grant patients the best care possible. What’s more important than that?
By: Dana Jaffe