Can My Loved One be in Hospice and Still Have a Caregiver?

Can My Loved One be in Hospice and Still Have a Caregiver?

While hospice provides professional, team-based care for a person nearing the end of life, caregivers can also be involved in the personal non-medical end-of-life journey as well.

What Does a Caregiver Do?

A caregiver is a trained professional who provides personal physical care or emotional support to patients.A caregiver typically helps with:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Companionship
  • Taking appropriate action when needed

How Can a Caregiver Benefit Me or My Loved One?

Caregivers help people in hospice care by providing advanced personal care. During this emotional time, people can feel very isolated, lonely, and worry about the future. Caregivers understand the complex emotions that may occur during this time. The personal companionship that comes with caregivers can make a person feel loved, secure, and safe.

Caregivers also provide dignity to those who can no longer take care of their own personal hygiene and will help with bathing and toileting needs.

Families can feel safe knowing their loved ones are in respected care when hospice nurses and doctors are not available. Caregivers know when to report any unusual moods or issues when the family cannot be there to care for their loved ones.

What if Hospice Ends?

Hospice care may end, but a caregiver can remain. Families and the senior adult can feel lost and alone when hospice care is no longer needed. Caregivers can stay and continue to provide compassionate support and quality care during the transition. If hospice care begins once again, the caregiver can continue to remain with the patient.

Caregivers play an important role in caring for a senior adult in hospice or transitioning from hospice. While hospice provides many medical-based support, caregivers can deliver personal non-medical care for people in hospice care. Whether hospice care lasts for months or eventually ends, caregivers add positive support and care to the family and patient during a difficult time.