The NCLEX may ask questions about Hospice Care. ( I use to work for Hospice.)
A person can be on Hospice (End of Life Care) if they have 6 months or less to live.
After 6 months, the person gets reevaluated. Then, they are allowed to stay on Hospice Care for another 6 months. If after a year, they still are still with Hospice, they will be discharged from Hospice Care.
Hospice care can take place
* At home * At a hospice center * In a hospital * In a skilled nursing facility
Hospice Care gives medical, psychological and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family.
After the loved one dies who was on Hospice Care, the family is may receive bereavement counseling, sometimes up to a year, by a social worker, a psychologist or the minister all of whom may be on the staff of the Hospice care.
Interesting! I never thought about it before. Its actually a good thing that there are centers like this that take care of the private health of people. My sister is a medical student and I advised her to start this thing from home. She can help people by telling them what decisions they can make for their health.