Blog: Hospice Views - November 2014
When a loved one becomes ill, family and friends are often thrust into the caregiver role, creating questions like:
What do I do first?
What kinds of help can I get?
Where can I look for help?
When you’re acting as a caregiver, whether it’s happened suddenly or was a gradual transition, it’s important to understand your role and who can help. Here are 10 tips to help you become a caregiver.
Morphine sulfate is the gold standard in the treatment of pain and shortness of breath in end-of-life care. It’s a valuable tool for symptom management in the hospice setting.So what is it? Well, let’s start with the basics of morphine. Morphine is a drug that hospice nurses are well-versed in, and it’s a safe and effective medication when given in appropriate doses. The doses should be administered at prescribed intervals, and increased slowly to address escalating pain. The medication can only be given by order of a primary care physician or the hospice medical director.