Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Working in Hospice

More individuals are experiencing the tremendous benefits that a hospice provider can offer when a loved one is facing death.

And a growing number of the medical professionals are experiencing first hand the challenges and rewards of providing high quality end-of-life care.

For many healthcare workers, the hospice field is a new experience. They may, however, have heard many of the common myths about hospice care and working with the terminally ill—and that generates a host of interesting questions for prospective hospice workers.

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Yes, and we are keeping a focus on safety through the hiring process.

 We are always looking for qualified candidates to join our hospice teams, so recruiting outreach and interviews are now conducted virtually.

Melodia Care staff will continue to adhere to established screening protocols to assess the risks of infection spread through each patient encounter.

With the advent of COVID-19, these protocols continue to evolve as we strive to keep our patients, families and staff safe.

As always, care team members follow all universal safety precautions and incorporate US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and state/local health departments guidance regarding personal protective equipment (PPE). Appropriate PPE varies with each individual situation and may include gloves, masks, shields, and/or gowns.

We also follow protocols and mandates from the facilities we serve, including nursing homes, assisted living communities, care homes for the elderly, etc.

Not at all! In fact, many of our staff find it uplifting to work with patients and families who truly need their assistance.

Our staff often find that they easily adjust to and actually enjoy an independent schedule—one that is truly focused on the needs of patients and their families.

Our staff often find that they easily adjust to and actually enjoy an independent schedule—one that is truly focused on the needs of patients and their families.

Our staff often find that they easily adjust to and actually enjoy an independent schedule—one that is truly focused on the needs of patients and their families.

Experience is a powerful teacher. Melodia Care has more than 25 years of experience in training, educating and mentoring hospice caregivers.

On the contrary, hospice is one of the fastest-growing components of healthcare today.

Hospice care typically is initiated after a formal request for “referral” is made by a patient’s doctor. This generally occurs when the patient’s stage of illness makes palliative care the preferred choice for treatment. To be admitted for hospice care, a patient must have a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course.

Hospice care is unique in that all Medicare-certified providers are required to offer bereavement services to a patient’s loved ones for a year or more after the patient dies. At Melodia Care, bereavement care is actually written into each patient’s plan of care, and should begin with support for the family even before the patient’s death.

Our staff finds comfort by participating in memorial services and providing bereavement support for the families of patients they have served.