Hospice care brings about compelling changes to the lives of patients and families. For family caregivers, it can be a time of anxiety and stress. Most caregivers willingly choose to perform this service as a gift to their loved ones and are very grateful when they find they needn’t labor alone. CNAs (or Certified Nursing Assistants) are hands-on support to assist with the tasks of daily living.
Patients can become embarrassed or frustrated at not being able to do the things they used to do. A hospice aide helps with those tasks and can use the knowledge gleaned from their training and experience to show family members how to make things easier on themselves as well as the patient. And though the career of a CNA is full of challenges, restoring a sense of dignity to the patient and offering much needed relief for family caregivers is remarkably rewarding.
Because they have considerable close contact with patients, hospice aides act as the eyes and ears of the hospice care team. Hospice aides observe and document physical and emotional needs of the patient to the rest of the team including doctors, nurses and volunteers. They also act as emotional support for the patients. The hospice aide often listens to the concerns and stories of the patient during the course of caring for them which can cultivate a considerable bond.
Duties of a hospice aide include:
- Feeding the patient
- Assisting patient with grooming and using the toilet
- Bathing the patient
- Turning the bedbound patient
- Changing the patient’s linens
- Keeping the patient’s living space clean
- Assisting with the setup of medical equipment
- Stocking medical supplies
- Spending time with patients and educating family members
SPG Hospice greatly appreciates these compassionate men and women who have always been “front line” care providers even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize CNAs as essential members of the hospice care team and instrumental in the care of our hospice patients.