Caring for the Caregiver: How the Hospice Team Can Help

Caregiving can be rewarding, challenging, overwhelming, and life-changing. It can take a physical and emotional toll on caregivers. A survey also reveals that approximately 1 in 3 caregivers report feeling sad, 33% isolate themselves, and 44% bottle up their feelings.

So, how do we help family caregivers? How do we support their feelings and help them spend more time with their loved ones?

At Devinity Hospice, we consider family caregivers as our partners in ensuring our patient’s comfort, safety, and well-being. By offering support for family caregivers, we help them feel competent and confident in their role, and provide a much-needed respite from their caregiving duties.

As a reputable provider of hospice palliative care in Humble, Texas, we have highly trained hospice team that can help.

  • Our Hospice Physicians coordinate with the patient’s primary care physician and the hospice care team.
    Together, they develop a care plan that can address the symptoms and pain associated with the patient’s illness.
  • Spiritual Counselors provide comfort through prayer, inspirational reading, and interfaith and secular support.
    They provide emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and their family, helping them navigate tough decisions at the end-of-life. They can also help families make plans for a memorial or funeral service.
  • Our Registered Nurses can educate caregivers about their loved one’s condition.
    They can teach them simple strategies to manage their loved one’s needs, such as caring for bodily functions and how to keep them safe from falls.
  • Volunteer visits provide companionship for the patient and a break for the family caregiver.
    They can assist with patient transportation, errands, household chores, and other day-to-day tasks. They can provide a supportive presence for both the patient and their family.
  • Our Bereavement Coordinators can help families prepare for the end of life.
    They can also provide grief counseling and bereavement support to families for up to 13 months. They help families navigate their grief after the loss of a loved one.

Conclusion

Taking care of a hospice patient requires the skills and time of many individuals, none more important than the family caregiver. As a leading provider of hospice care in Texas, we don’t just take care of our hospice patients – we take care of your family too.