Providing Hospice Care at Home
If you’re the primary caregiver of a loved one, you are not alone. Today in America, millions of people are providing care in the home to a seriously ill or disabled loved one. We’ve compiled a library of articles to provide support and information as your fulfill your stressful yet rewarding role as caregiver.
How to Plan for a Disaster With a Hospice Patient at Home
By now, anyone who lives in a part of the country that is prone to natural disasters or extreme weather events—and that seems to be anywhere in the country these days—should know the drill.
Weathering a Winter Storm as a CaregiverIf the forecast calls for severe weather and you’re taking care of a seriously ill loved one, here are a few tips to help you weather the storm. In fact, Keep these tips in mind for any natural disaster, from fires to heat to hurricanes.
Demonstrations: The Dangers of Oxygen and SmokingYou've heard that mixing flames or cigarettes with medical oxygen creates a dangerous situation. Now see for yourself the dangers of smoking near an oxygen tank in this video demonstration.
How to Store Oxygen TanksWhen storing medical-grade oxygen tanks in a home, caregivers or loved ones should take precautions to ensure the safety of those nearby.
How to Travel with Oxygen in Your CarMany hospice patients require the use of medical-grade oxygen tanks, which require special care when transporting in a car. Follow these steps to ensure the safety of yourself and those near you.
How to Use an Oxygen Tank
Once your physician prescribes oxygen, you may ask yourself, “How do you use a portable oxygen cylinder?” This guide explains how to safely use your oxygen cylinder at home.
How to Use Oxygen Safely at HomeWatch this video to see demonstrations, learn how to travel with and store oxygen, and hear words of wisdom from a patient who was burned by oxygen while smoking.
Turn it Off: A Patient's Advice about Oxygen and Smoking"My wife and daughter put me out and called the ambulance," says Gary, a VITAS patient who accidentally smoked while wearing his oxygen cannula. Watch the video for his advice.
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