Hospice care is focused on caring – not curing. In the vast majority of cases, hospice care takes place in the patient’s home. A multi-disciplinary team consisting of a nurse, a home health aide, a social worker and a counselor typically are assigned to each hospice patient. The hospice team prepares a care plan that meets the patient’s needs for pain management and symptom control. Hospice team members typically visit the patient with the following frequency:
- Nurse – once per week to daily
- Home Health Aide – twice per week
- Social Worker – as needed
- Counselor – as needed
Respite care can be defined as relief from caregiving duties when you’re looking after a loved one who requires frequent, monitored care. Caregivers who tend to seniors are often in need of a little time off from their round-the-clock caregiving. Respite care helps ward off the burnout that can leave caregivers depressed, stressed out and exhausted.
Elder Care caregivers stand ready to assist in caring for a loved one when family members are working or simply need a break to relax and recharge.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is a good source of information to help family members understand hospice and palliative care.
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