Hospice Caregiver Basics
When your seriously ill loved one comes home from the hospital, they become your loved one and your patient. Suddenly, you assume caregiving responsibility for a hospice patient who is very important to you.
The services of the hospice team will provide caregiver support, but you must step into the role as the day-to-day, primary caregiver. Your hospice nurse, aide, doctor, social worker, chaplain and volunteer will supplement the care you provide to your loved one, and the team can be reached any time of day or night for help.
What's Expected of a Hospice Patient's Primary CaregiverIt can be scary to be responsible for the care and well-being of a terminally ill loved one. You may have the help of members of a trained hospice team who visit regularly, but you are in charge of your loved one’s care.
Infographic: Caregiver Facts and FiguresAs more and more individuals are faced with taking care of elderly parents, disabled spouses or seriously ill children at home, it is important to recognize the complex physical, emotional and financial issues they face and how it affects our national well-being.
Medication Management for CaregiversOrganization. That’s the key to managing medications for yourself or a loved one. To help, we’ve created a tool that will help: a medication schedule that you can download right now.
The Benefits of CaregivingRegardless of who’s doing the work, caregiving can take a toll, whether it’s provided by a 40-something adult daughter or middle-aged son who is also juggling a full-time career and other family demands. Yet studies also indicate there’s an upside to caregiving.
Care Where You Need It
Hospice isn't a place. The VITAS interdisciplinary hospice team delivers care to wherever you call home:
- a private residence
- assisted living community
- nursing home