Hospice care is an excellent service that helps millions of people every year. Designed to ease pain and maximize comfort in a patient’s final days, it is a lovely service for patients who receive a terminal diagnosis.  You can learn more about what hospice care is on our blog. Hospice care can include several services, so it’s best to contact your preferred provider to know what services they provide. But for now, here’s a list of the most common services you or your loved one could receive:

Physician Services

Physician services will provide physician visits to your home. The purpose of physician services is to oversee your services and ensure you are receiving the highest possible quality of care.

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Registered nurses frequently visit patients to provide several services, such as care coordination, pain assessment, symptom management, and end-of-life teaching.

Hospice Aide

Hospice aides can provide several services, including light housekeeping, hygiene, grooming, and feeding. Having an aide take care of these simple tasks can help the patient and their family spend more time together and make the end-of-life process more fulfilling.

Social Work

Social workers will assist the patient’s family in continuing their social cohesion in a practical, healthy way through therapy, conflict resolution, and finding resources in the community. In addition, social work can help the family through the grieving process and help provide positive emotional help. Social work will also help the family find appropriate funeral services.

Spiritual Counseling

Patients receiving hospice care and their families may desire spiritual counseling. All hospice agencies provide spiritual counseling for a wide range of faiths and beliefs.

Grief Counseling

Hospice services provide grief counseling to assist in the emotional, social, and physical responses to end-of-life care.  Grief counseling benefits both the patient and their family.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a tried-and-true method of pain relief in muscles and soft tissues, helping the patient feel as comfortable as possible.

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Music Therapy

Music therapy is a holistic, evidence-based practice of easing pain and discomfort through music with the help of a highly trained music therapist.

Hospice Volunteer Services

Volunteers are one of the best parts of hospice services. Volunteers can provide a wide range of services; generally, a volunteer can give nearly any reasonable service the patient or family feels they need. For example, volunteers are known to provide lawn care, music performances, housekeeping, meal services, grocery delivery, and more.

Each hospice provider does things a little differently, so we would recommend contacting the agencies you’re considering to ask them directly which services they provide.  Further, you could also look into the Medicare requirements for hospice to ensure your care is of the highest quality. So, if you’d like to know more about Aspire Home Health and Hospice and the services we offer, give us a call today!

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