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Caring For Someone On Hospice

Caring for a loved one on hospice

Is caring for a hospice patient at home difficult?

While caring for a loved one at home can be challenging, Providence Hospice of Seattle offers extensive practical and emotional support to families and caregivers. A hospice nurse is available 24 hours a day to provide phone consultations, and to visit the patient when appropriate. We also offer trained volunteers who can provide respite care and companionship to patients and families.

Despite the challenges of providing care for a loved one who is ill, many families say that they are grateful for the opportunities for closeness that spending this time with their loved one has given them. It can be a deeply rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Caring with confidence

There are many things caregivers can do in the home to look after their loved ones and assist with their daily needs. From helping the patient transfer from bed to a wheelchair to repositioning the patient in bed, friends and family members can contribute to the patient's care.

Providence Hospice created the following videos to explain some of the common ways you can assist with end-of-life care:

If you have any additional questions about caring for your loved one, don't hesitate to contact your hospice care team.

Do you offer any support to caregivers and other family members after a patient dies?

Providence Hospice of Seattle offers emotional support to caregivers and/or families for at least one year following the death of a loved one. Our Grief Support Services team offers support groups, individual assessments, counseling and special commemorative events. We also offer grief support to children through our Safe Crossings program and annual weekend camp, Camp Erin™- King County.

For more information about Providence Hospice of Seattle’s grief support services, please call (206) 749-7702 or (206) 320-4000 (for the Safe Crossings Coordinator). You can also check our Calendar for upcoming support group meetings and events. Most grief support services are open to the community.

My loved one isn’t ready for (or eligible for) hospice. Are other services available that can help us cope with my loved one’s illness?

Providence Hospice of Seattle’s Transitions program is specifically designed to meet the needs of people who have life-limiting illnesses but for whom hospice care may not yet be appropriate. Providence Transitions is a home-based service that provides information, resources and support to adults coping with a life-limiting illness and their families. It is offered free of charge to adults (18+) living in King County. For more information about the Transitions program, please call (206) 320-7396.

How can I support a hospice patient from afar?

We know that there are many important reasons why you may be unable to be physically present with your loved one on a daily basis while they are on hospice. This printable guide will answer your questions and give you a better understanding of the care your loved one will receive while on hospice.