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Family and Caregiver Support

How Hospice Can Help Families.

Care One Hospice team offers complete care by addressing all our patients’ physical symptoms. We help patients and their families cope with many stresses that accompany a life-limiting illness. We also help them manage end-of-life decisions and provide emotional and

Care One Hospice offers families peace of mind at this stressful time in their lives, our patients and their families rely on the expertise of our physicians, the around-the-clock availability of our Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants, and the aid and compassion of our trained volunteers.

Care One Hospice grief specialists and volunteers provide bereavement services following the death of a loved one. Individual support, family meetings, support groups, home visits and telephone contact are also available options.

 

Caregiver Support

Being a caregiver can affect you both physically and emotionally. You may have trouble sleeping, which can lead to fatigue. The fatigue, in turn, can make negative feelings worse and even result in your own depression. Unfortunately, problems like exhaustion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, anxiety, frustration, fear and depression are all too common among caregivers. You can’t properly tend to a hospice patient if you neglect your own well-being.

There are ways you can better care for yourself while you care for your loved one. Start by getting the nutrition and rest you need. Learn to recognize and manage sources of stress. Accept the help of hospice volunteers, family members — anyone who will lend a hand. Make time for yourself when you can, and if daily caregiving becomes too much, ask for respite care. Care One Hospice professionals can discuss these and other coping strategies with you.

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What Can Caregivers Do to Cope.

Caring for a hospice patient is a rewarding task, but it’s also a serious responsibility. A caregiver has to be physically, emotionally and spiritually ready to help when the patient is in need.

Care One Hospice works to ease caregivers’ burden in many ways. Our health professionals ensure that caregivers are fully informed and well-prepared to care for their loved ones to the best of their ability. Along with medical assistance and in-home help from trained volunteers, we offer respite care, grief counseling, spiritual support and more.

Caregivers and loved ones who become emotionally overwhelmed may be helped by the hospice social worker or by a referral to a therapist. Patients and their loved ones are welcome to talk about their feeling with the hospice nurse, social worker and chaplain. Because caregiving is such a big job, caregivers need to take care of themselves to avoid becoming exhausted. Please make sure to take a look at Helpful Tips Section for more information.