Expect the unexpected

Although hospice care is predicated on a well-organized plan of care, experience and flexibility are often required to provide the comfort and support needed by the dying and their loved ones. The following are just a few anecdotal examples of the complex hospice care delivery environment.

Families have unique ways of dealing with the dying process. Unique occurrences happen within their lives also. Nurses need to be there to gently guide the process to avoid major complications at the same time respecting the uniqueness of the family system.