Life in a Hospice: Reflections on Caring for the Dying

Life in a Hospice: Reflections on Caring for the Dying

By: Ann Richardson (author)Paperback

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Highly Commended, BMA Medical Book Awards 2008 This book is about hospices, seen through the eyes of the people who work in them. Their individual voices, perspectives and stories invite readers into the day-to-day complexities of hospice life. There is growing public and professional attention to end of life care and the way dying patients and their families are treated. How can hospices make the process dignified and peaceful as possible? What sort of people dedicate their careers to helping the dying? What difficulties are they up against in providing this care, and what makes it all worthwhile?This inspirational book provides vivid, real-life accounts of hospice life from managers, doctors, nurses, carers and support staff. The thought-provoking narratives provide vital insights into the type of work undertaken in a hospice setting. They examine the differences between hospice and hospital care, and explore the challenges, personal motivations and the many ways hospices strive to meet the needs of patients and their families with sensitivity and respect. "Life in a Hospice" is enlightening reading for all healthcare professionals in palliative care, including volunteer, administrative and support staff. It is also highly recommended for nurses and others in caring roles considering a move into hospice work. Therapists, counsellors and religious leaders will discover poignant and encouraging insights, and people with a family member approaching the end of life will find the book reassuring and informative.

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Introducing hospices; The work of hospices; Helping dying people; Activities and therapies; Hospice compared to hospital care; What is special about a hospice; Part I: The work undertaken; The nature of the work; The rhythm of a day; Particular roles; Day patients; The hospice at night; Patients at home; Managing the hospice; Responding to patients and relatives; Welcoming and reassuring; Physical and practical needs; Emotional help; Spiritual support; Discussions about returning home; The needs of relatives and friends; Children; Working with dying people; Helping people to come to terms with dying; Returning home to die; Recognising the terminal phase; The actual death; Giving time to families; Preparing the body; The next days; Attending funerals; Bereavement work; Subsequent contact with relatives; Part II: Difficulties experienced and coping with them; Sources of stress: Difficult patients and families; Difficult patients and relatives; Anger and aggression; Patients and families in denial; Family neglect; Other sources of stress and their impact; Emotional involvement; Particular frustrations; General pressures of work; The impact on staff and their families; Ways of coping; Keeping work out of the home; Support from family and friends; Finding ways to relax; Support from hospice; Own spirituality; Part III: Motivations and rewards; Initial motivation; A sense of vocation; Prior experience of death; Other formative experiences; The accidental route; What makes the work worthwhile; Feeling involved; Responding to challenges; The variety of people; Feeling valued by patients and families; Working with other staff; A sense of fun; Part IV: Reflections on working on a hospice; Working in a hospice; Qualities needed; Training; Telling people what you do; Reflections on living and dying; A good death; Choosing the timing of death; What happens after death; A sense of mortality; Learning what is important

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/09/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781846192432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781846192432
  • weight: 362
  • ISBN10: 1846192439

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