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Caring For a Loved One?

We understand the many ways having a loved one with a serious illness is impacting your life. We know the questions and worries you may have. We’re here to help you, too.

We offer special resources for caregivers and expert guidance on:

Caring for your loved one's needs

The more you understand what your loved one is going through and how you can best care for him or her, the richer and more meaningful your time together will be.

Download our Caregiver’s Guide.

Important legal and financial decisions

The end-of-life journey is eased considerably when conversations regarding medical care and wishes are held as early as possible. Legal documents, such as a Living Will, Medical Power of Attorney, Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate forms and Advanced Directives, can set forth your loved one’s wishes for future healthcare decisions so that all family members are clear about his or her preferences.

Download these documents here or contact your Hospice Austin social worker.

Certified nurse aides

Hospice Austin certified nurse aides make regularly scheduled visits to assist with personal care, such as bathing, skin and hair care, oral care and bed linen care. CNAs are also available for light household duties to make your life easier, such as meal preparation and housekeeping services.There are also professional home health aides in the community you can hire to stay with your loved one for extended periods. Your Hospice Austin social worker can provide you with a list of agencies.

Volunteers

We understand caring for a loved one can be an overwhelming job. In addition to the clinical team, Hospice Austin volunteers are available and can help visit with your loved one while you have time away. Volunteers also can assist with picking up prescriptions, providing transportation to appointments, and be an attentive and sympathetic listener.

Respite care

Respite care In the final stages of an illness, caring for your loved one at home may become difficult due to caregiver fatigue or difficulty managing your loved one’s symptoms. There are options available to you. Your loved one can be transferred to a nursing facility for a temporary stay or to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House until symptoms are under control. Your social worker can help provide you with the necessary steps to arrange for respite care outside of your home.

Crisis care

We have a dedicated, on-call team ready to respond to your needs at any time of the night or weekend with your questions or concerns. Hospice Austin also provides a crisis care team to provide continuous bedside nursing care in your home during a medical crisis, so your loved one may remain at home. We are there when you need us.

Caring for yourself

Caring for yourself is often last on your to-do list, but getting enough sleep, eating right and exercising can extend your resources far beyond the time it takes to do those things. Accepting assistance when it’s offered and asking friends and family for help can help.

Destroying Medications

When your loved one no longer needs a certain medication, please dispose it in the trash rather than flushing it. (Landfills have liners that are designed to keep the trash from leaching into the soil around it. When medications are flushed, everything goes into the water system). When disposing a medication in the trash, mix it first in a plastic baggie with water and kitty litter or coffee grounds to make it irretrievable. If you prefer, you can turn the medication in to a pharmacy that has registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency as a collection site. Your Hospice Austin team can assist you in finding a location in your area, or to find a DEA registered pharmacy near you, click here.

Helpful local & national resources

There are many resources in our community to help you care for your loved one. Please talk to your Hospice Austin social worker. He or she will be happy to connect you with resources according to your and your family’s needs.

 

“We are indebted and thankful for every single person involved with our mother’s care. Our mother was treated like a queen. We were blessed to have her in such a caring and supportive environment. It gives us great peace of mind that she passed away with an actual smile on her face. You all are angels on earth. You have touched our family forever.” – Family member of a Hospice Austin patient

 

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