Family members and friends often take on the role of primary caregiver for those with a terminal illness, but taking on the entire burden yourself can lead to burnout and stress. Hospice care can make the caregiving process easier on everyone by providing everything from skilled nursing care to helping with everyday tasks. Three Oaks Hospice helps you care for your loved one in a way that works for your family.
What Is a Hospice Caregiver?
A hospice caregiver includes anyone who’s helping care for a person who’s been diagnosed with a terminal illness. A family member, such as a child or spouse, often takes over the duty of caregiving for a loved one during the final stages of life, but close friends or others may also take on this important role. A hospice care team can help ease the burden on the family and educate caregivers on how to provide proper care to their loved ones.
It’s important to remember that hospice is a philosophy of care, and a specialized type of care for end of life, not a specific treatment or facility. Three Oaks Hospice provides care wherever a patient calls home. Our care involves keeping patients with a life-limiting illness as comfortable as possible. Care is personalized and coordinated with the patient’s hospice care team
What’s the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?
Palliative care and hospice care offer similar benefits for the patient and primary caregiver, but they’re intended for different circumstances. Hospice care is intended specifically for patients who no longer are seeking curative treatment for their disease, while palliative care may be appropriate for anyone with an advanced illness or severe injury who’s not in the final weeks or months of life.
The overall goal of both hospice and palliative care is to make the patient as comfortable as possible while managing symptoms such as pain. Because individuals with a serious illness may not be able to carry out their regular activities of daily living anymore, hospice care workers can assist with the care and educate caregivers on activities of daily living help.
Hospice care can include helping the patient with personal care activities, such as grooming and feeding, as well as assistance with household chores, running errands, providing companionship and carrying out basic nursing care. Hospice care is focused on relieving symptoms, while palliative care may include managing symptoms alongside continuing treatments for the primary illness.