Family’s Role

Becoming a Caregiver

Every Hospice patient has a primary caregiver. Very often, it is a “family member.” In Hospice, “family” can mean close friends as well as relatives.

Our nurses teach caregivers how to keep the patient comfortable. Counselors suggest ways to keep the home calm and peaceful. As part of the Hospice team, family members help the patient make decisions about care and can contact us at any time.

We can also help with respite care. Sometimes, caregivers need a break. That’s when Hospice can facilitate a short stay for the patient in a nearby hospital.

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