Hospice Support Care Services
Hospice provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary health care to terminally ill patients, as well as bereavement and support services to the patients’ loved ones. Patients receiving hospice care forgo curative treatments. Hospice care is provided through certified hospice programs, and may be delivered in any patient care setting, but is most often provided in the patient’s home.
– California Hospital Association
Often home Care and hospice act as complementary services. Hospice provides a high level of care for the end of life process. However, the family caregiver (s) face enormous emotional and physical demands that includes personal care, meal preparation, errands, and housekeeping. These demands can be overwhelming. Home Care can provide caregivers who are specifically trained to meet the physical needs of hospice patients, as well as provide comfort and emotional support to families. Because hospice typically relies on family members to take on the primary caregiving role, home care often picks up where the hospice agency and other medical services end by providing additional support services which can include:
- Personal hygiene assistance
- Respite care for family caregivers
- Dressing and toileting assistance
- Medication reminders
- Assisting patients with comfort measures
If you or your loved one find the need for care, please contact a Select Home Care Branch.