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Mindfulness in Hospice and Palliative Care

Mindfulness

Mindfulness, the act of focusing on being in the present, is sometimes thought of as a type of meditation. Recent studies show that practicing Mindfulness can be an effective strategy for both patients and caregivers, including volunteers. By shifting the focus of hospice and palliative care away from states of emotional, mental, or physical distress – it can help reduce pain and anxiety. A growing number of hospice organizations are beginning to integrate these exercises into patient care and caregiver support.

What is Pet Therapy?

therapy pet

When caring for patients, hospice 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, therapy pets can enter a room and immediately make it a brighter, happier place to be.

The Role of the Social Worker in End-of-Life Care

social worker with hospice patient
The end of a person’s life is a unique experience that has a great impact on the person, his or her family, and their family legacy. Social workers bring to the team particular skills in 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.

Talking to a Hospice Patient

talking-to-a-hospice-patient

During hospice care, patients and their loves ones are often aware the end is near, but it does not make it any less difficult for family members to accept. Many friends and family, even caregivers, are afraid of saying the wrong thing. They do not want to make a bad impression or seem insensitive. However, the most important thing to remember is to be yourself. The end may be near, so now is the time to show how much you care.