A hospice aide is a healthcare professional who provides personal care within a hospice type of environment. This is a position which can be full-time or part- time. The hours sometimes involve overnight stays, as work within hospice is nonstop. This person will work in conjunction with other hospice aides or nurses while providing comfort care. The formal education requirements for a hospice aide will be dependent on the facility or organization. Typically, a certified nursing assistant designation is required, as well as various schooling and certifications.
A hospice aide will be responsible for providing comfort care for people who are elderly or terminally ill. This is provided within a patient’s home or at a hospice facility. The responsibilities will vary from patient to patient and depend on the environment. Some typical duties of a hospice aide include caring for a patient’s personal needs, changing bed linens, assisting with transportation, bathing patients, transferring from beds to wheelchairs, maintaining accurate and confidential records regarding each patient, preparing meals, checking various vital signs, performing duties requested by clients and families, assisting with exercise, administering medications, and changing dressing.
Above all, a hospice aid will provide emotional care for their patients. This person should be extremely compassionate and caring and have superb bedside manner. This person should pay great attention to detail and do everything within their ability to keep patients mentally alert.
Hospice Aide Tasks
Administer bedside and personal care, such as ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.
Turn and reposition bedridden patients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores.
Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients.
Feed patients who are unable to feed themselves.
Clean rooms and change linens.