care has several elements that distinguish it from other health
Team: Typically, care involves a team of physicians,
nurses, social workers, home health aides, clergy, therapists,
and volunteers. Together, they provide comprehensive palliative
care aimed at providing supportive social, emotional, and spiritual
and Symptom Control: The objective of pain and symptom
control is to help patients to be comfortable while allowing them
to remain in control of their life.
Care: Hospice care places a strong emphasis on the spiritual
needs of the patient and family. since patients differ in their
spiritual needs and religious beliefs, spiritual care is individualized
to meet the specific needs of each patient.
Care and Inpatient Care: Although hospice care can be
centered in the home, it may be necessary to admit the patient
to a hospital or extended care facility. The hospice can arrange
for inpatient care and will stay involved in the patient's treatment
and with the family.
Care: Bereavement is the time of mourning following a
loss. The hospice care team works with surviving family members
to help them through the grieving process. A trained volunteer
or professional counselor provides support to survivors either
through visits, phone calls and/or letter contact as well as support
Care: The patient's family and caregivers need time away
from the intensity of caring for a terminally ill individual.
respite care is designed to give families and caregivers a break
from care giving.
Conferences: Through regularly scheduled family conferences,
often facilitated by the hospice nurse or social worker, family
members can stay informed about the patient's condition and what
they can expect.
Hospice volunteers play an important role in the administration
and delivery of hospice care in the US. Volunteers may be health
professionals or lay people who provide services ranging from
hands-on care to working in the hospice office or fundraising.
Support; Hospice care involves staff who are emphatic,
good communicators and listeners, and who are interested in working
with people who have a life-threatening illness. Yet because the
work is emotionally draining, it is essential that support is
available to help staff deal with the work-related stress that
they may experience.
of Care: The interdisciplinary team coordinates and supervises
all care 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. They are responsible for
communications between the inpatient facility, the home care agency,
the physician, and other community professionals.