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January 14th, 2013

What you should know about Hospice Care

Hospice Care

Hospice care is unique. It is both challenging and rewarding. Nurses who sign on to work in hospice care are given special training to help support the emotional needs of the patient as well as their family members. When a patient enters hospice care, the end is already imminent. There is no help or cure that can prolong their lives. Their only hope is to remain comfortable for the remaining time they have left.

Hospice care was designed for patients who are in the final stages of a terminal illness. Hospice care can be provided in the patient’s home or in a facility. Professional staff that includes physicians, nurses and aids help keep patients as comfortable as possible. In some cases, a patient’s condition is advanced to the point where they can no longer move or speak.

Both patients and their family members are provided spiritual and emotional support, as well as quality medical care. Counselors are available to comfort family members as they deal with their loved one’s illness and eventual loss. The grieving process can begin with the patient and services continued help is available for their family members once the patient has passed on.

A hospice nurse may be the last person a patient sees before they pass away. Patients who are in hospice look to their nurses and other staff members for medical care as well as companionship. Hospice staff offer compassion and acceptance patients normally don’t get in a hospital setting. A successful hospice nurse is one who knows and understands that how a person spends their last days is just as important as how they spent their first ones.

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