A Day In the Life of a Hospice Worker

 Nurse assisting elderly woman in a chair

If you’re interested in a healthcare career, you should consider working in a home care job, like hospice care. Today, Phoenix Home Care walks you through the daily routine and responsibilities of a hospice worker.

What Is a Hospice Worker?

A hospice worker is also known as “an end of life care professional.” Hospice workers care for people who are in the last stages of their life due to a terminal illness or other health conditions. Hospice nurses do everything from administering medications to documenting vital signs. They manage the hands-on tasks of the patient and make sure they are as comfortable as possible during the last months of life.  

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What Are the Responsibilities of a Hospice Worker?

In addition to providing medical care, hospice workers provide emotional care as well.

Emotional Care

As patients are in their last stages of life, they tend to develop a bond with their hospice care provider. Hospice workers listen to a patient’s needs and even learn personal information about them that can improve their care. These shared moments can help the emotional state of the patient and improve their well-being in their final days.

Providing Company

Many patients who receive hospice care are aware that they are close to dying. A hospice worker will be present during a patient’s last days to ensure they are not alone in the final moments, giving them a sense of peace and security.

Educating Family Members

Not all family members of the patient will understand what their loved one is going through in hospice. They may not be educated about the patient’s condition or know how to support them. A hospice worker provides family members with updates on the patient’s well-being and can suggest other care procedures.

Develop Care Plans

As a hospice worker observes the patient, they will develop care plans to better address the patient’s needs. These care plans may include suggestions to improve their diet, medication, exercise, and more. Hospice workers can also facilitate activities they think the patient should pursue, such as enjoying hobbies or spending time with loved ones.

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Join the Hospice Team at Phoenix Home Care

If being a hospice worker sounds like a career you may enjoy, contact Phoenix Home Care. With services in hospice, home health, home care, private duty nursing, and more, we’re sure to find a position that fits your skill set. For more information, check out our offered services page.

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