Pandemic Creates Push for Increased Hospice Caregiver Respite

Posted Monday, December 14, 2020

A recent study conducted from May 15, 2020 through June 15, 2020 of hospice social workers revealed that the pandemic has led to challenges of isolation, barriers to communication, and issues related to grieving among patients and the caregivers who support them.

“Hospice patients are a tremendously vulnerable population, and one of the things we know about COVID is that in-home transmissions are rampant,” said study co-author, Megan Kale-Cheever, manager of quality and safety at Hospice and Palliative Care at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. “Hospice teams are working with families to establish back-up caregiving plans or in-home isolation plans, should someone become ill. Everything is more complicated.”

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