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What To Expect as a Hospice Care Volunteer

Volunteering to be a hospice care worker is one of the most compassionate ways to help others, but many people aren’t sure exactly what is involved in providing hospice care. There may be misconceptions about the responsibilities and tasks of the volunteer in a hospice setting. But volunteers are an essential part of every hospice care team. In fact, hospice service was originally started by volunteers and now requires patients to have access to volunteers as part of the treatment plan.

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Common Myths About Hospice Care

Hospice care plays a vital role in supporting individuals and their families during one of life’s most challenging periods. However, misconceptions about hospice care often lead to misunderstandings and hesitations. In this article, we’ll debunk some common myths surrounding hospice care to provide clarity about the valuable services it offers.

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The Role of the Social Worker in Hospice Care

During hospice care, the end-of-life process can have a profound impact on the lives of all those involved.  Social workers bring particular skills to the caregiving team, including working with families from varying cultures and socio-economic status. Their training helps them relate to people within a social and cultural context. The social worker can also identify resources, beyond the health care system, which may help the family cope with situations involving life-limiting illness, dying, grief and bereavement.

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Grief Management After Hospice Care

When grieving the loss of a friend or family member who has been under hospice care, it helps knowing that their last days were made as comfortable and as pain-free as possible. Opting for hospice care means that the patient and family probably had some time to make end-of-life preparations. Nevertheless, when the moment arrives, we may find it challenging to fully cope with our own sorrow and the grief experienced by those around us.

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How Pets Can Help Patients

When caring for patients, care providers are concerned with patients’ physical needs as well as their emotional well-being. One way to improve a patient’s mood is to schedule a visit with a therapy pet. Whether it’s a cat, dog or a different animal altogether, pets can enter a room and immediately make it a brighter, happier place to be. A recent study reported that patients who spent 10 minutes with a therapy dog reported less pain than those getting conventional treatment alone.