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VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care

Resources for Hospice Caregivers

VNSNY Hospice is with you and your family every step of the way. These resources for hospice caregivers can help you:

  • Prepare emotionally for the changes ahead
  • Look up practical information about hands-on care
  • Find support after your caregiving journey ends

If your loved one has enrolled in VNSNY Hospice you can always call our 24/7 Hospice Caregiver Helpline for assistance. You can refer to these articles for guidance, too.

Tips for Hospice Caregivers

Tips for Hospice Caregivers

Caring for someone at the end of life can be both deeply rewarding and distressing. These tips can help hospice caregivers avoid fatigue and improve their own well-being.
When Someone You Love is Dying

When Someone You Love is Dying

Nothing can prepare you for the emotional turmoil of saying goodbye to a loved one. Yet the end of life can also bring peace despite grief.
The Hospice Comfort Pack

The Hospice Comfort Pack

Your hospice nurse may suggest that you have on hand a small supply of medications that can relieve specific symptoms, so you don’t have to wait for delivery.
Methadone, Hospice, and Pain Relief

Methadone, Hospice, and Pain Relief

Your hospice physician may prescribe methadone because it is one of the most effective pain relief medications available. What else do patients and caregivers need to know about it?
A Guide to Grooming Someone Who Is Bedbound

A Guide to Grooming Someone Who Is Bedbound

Grooming is something you can do to comfort your loved one and boost their self-esteem. Here are step-by-step grooming instructions for caregivers.
Easy Steps for Good Mouth Care

Easy Steps for Good Mouth Care

Good mouth care can increase comfort and may boost your loved one's appetite. It can also prevent dry mouth, bad breath, infections, and aspiration pneumonia.
Choosing Foods When It's Hard to Swallow

Choosing Foods When It's Hard to Swallow

Hospice patients commonly experience difficulty swallowing. By carefully choosing foods for your loved one, you can improve nutrition and minimize the risk of choking.
Eating Patterns at the End of Life

Eating Patterns at the End of Life

Changes in appetite and eating patterns at the end of life can be worrying for caregivers, but such changes are a natural part of the dying process.
Shortness of Breath at the End of Life

Shortness of Breath at the End of Life

Shortness of breath affects some people with advanced illness. Here are 12 tips that can make breathing easier for your loved one at the end of life.
4 Practical Ways to Prepare for the End of Life

4 Practical Ways to Prepare for the End of Life

When your loved one is near the end of life, taking care of these practical tasks can help you focus on other things when the time comes.
Physical Signs at the End of Life

Physical Signs at the End of Life

Many families wonder about end-of-life signs and worry about the physical changes that will occur in the days and hours before death.
When Caregiving Ends

When Caregiving Ends

Many caregivers, particularly those who provided round-the-clock care for years, find themselves completely unprepared for life after caregiving. Here are six tips to help you cope and adjust when the familiar routine of caregiving ends.
Handling Grief During the Holidays

Handling Grief During the Holidays

Coping with the absence of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult during the winter holiday months. These suggestions can help you honor your emotions and memories.
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