Working Together: Caregivers & the Hospice Team

| By Jodi Horton

Caregivers are an important component to the hospice team. Primary caregivers actively participate in meeting their loved one’s needs, adding greatly to their comfort and quality of life. Because hospice does not provide round-the-clock care in the home, we rely on family and professional caregivers to assist us with helping fulfill a patient’s daily needs and tracking progress or decline.

When the hospice team makes regularly scheduled visits to your home, they teach the primary caregiver how to provide physical care as well as extend emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and the caregiver. At Casa we value the commitment primary caregivers make to their loved ones, and we will do our very best to provide caregivers with the support and resources they need.

However, just because hospice team members are not providing care in the home 24 hours a day does not mean that the hospice team is unavailable. Casa de la Luz Hospice maintains an after-hours team who are available to support patients and caregivers during the night and on the weekends. A nurse is always available to speak by phone, or to visit if needed. In the case of an emergency, or a change in your condition, the primary caregiver should always call Casa de la Luz Hospice. A Casa nurse will assess the situation promptly, and will extend support as needed.

By working together, family caregivers and hospice team members can give terminally ill individuals comfort and peace in their final months.

If you are seeking caregiving support, please visit our sponsored website Living with Serious Illness for a directory of agencies in town who provide paid caregiving. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from the support of hospice care, contact Casa de la Luz Hospice at (520) 544-9890 for information regarding eligibility and services.

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