Hospice And Palliative Care - Relatives And Relatives

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Hospice And Palliative Care - Relatives And Relatives
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Hospice and palliative care: relatives and relatives

The last phase of life is a difficult time for many terminally ill people and their relatives or relatives (e.g. friends). Terminally ill people often do not want to be a burden to their environment and withdraw. On the other hand, loved ones often find it difficult to find the right words at the right time.

If care is also difficult or financial problems arise, this represents a great burden. Many hospice and palliative care facilities therefore also offer support to relatives and relatives. You can help with the care of the sick person as well as get help yourself.


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  • more on the subject
  • Advice, downloads & tools
  • How can contacts and conversations be organized?
  • Support in coping with grief
  • Care and maintenance at home
  • Working relatives and relatives
  • Support with financial difficulties
  • Support in psychological and spiritual crises

How can contacts and conversations be organized?

How contacts or conversations are organized depends on the wishes and needs of those concerned, which should be respected. Relatives and relatives should offer the sick person to be there for discussions. Your own feelings should also be clearly addressed and attention should be paid to your own capacities and needs.

Especially when the patient can no longer be addressed, physical indulgence is of particular importance. Stroking, cooling the forehead or moistening the lips with liquid are some examples of body contact that is usually perceived as pleasant, relaxing and comforting.

Support in coping with grief

Many hospice and palliative care facilities not only care for patients, but also their relatives and relatives if necessary after the patient's death. Information on support services can be obtained from these facilities. The Austrian Cancer Aid also provides psychological help.

Here you can find further information on coping with grief as well as on the homepages of the umbrella organization Hospiz Österreich and the Federal Association for Grief Support.

Care and maintenance at home

Caring for the terminally ill is often a major challenge for loved ones. Especially in the last phase of the illness before death, the amount of care required is often high. Help is often used very late by caring relatives or relatives - if at all. The organization and coordination of caregivers is also often not easy.

It is important to take care of maintaining your own health and strength so as not to exhaust yourself or not to exhaust yourself. This is the only way to ensure long-term satisfactory care and support for the sick relatives.

With regard to the administration of medication and care, relatives and relatives should seek detailed advice from doctors, pharmacists and nursing staff. When it comes to drug therapy, doctors usually try to choose administration methods that are easy to use in home care.

Mobile palliative care teams and hospice teams can provide important support here. Your services are free of charge. They supplement the care provided by home nurses or relatives and relatives, but do not replace them.

You can find more detailed information for family caregivers under Caregiving family members and relieving them as well as Hospice and palliative care - Advice & Help.

Working relatives and relatives

Working relatives and relatives may be faced with the problem of being torn between the risk of losing their job through care of the sick and the supposed neglect of the sick person.

Family hospice leave or part-time family hospice leave can be applied for to accompany dying relatives. Their duration is three to six months.

You can find important information about eligibility, legal bases and financing here.

Support with financial difficulties

The care of a terminally ill relative by nursing staff at home or in a hospice may involve costs that may not be (fully) covered. If family caregivers cannot work more or less, this is also associated with financial losses.

You can find information on financial advisory services here.

Support in psychological and spiritual crises

If the stress of the (approaching) death of loved ones becomes too great, a psychological crisis can develop. Relatives and relatives of the terminally ill sometimes begin to doubt the beliefs that they held before, such as their religion, in view of the death of a loved one. The “belief system” can break and a spiritual crisis can arise.

Conversations with family, friends or other close people often have a stabilizing effect in this situation.

If this is not sufficiently relieving or not possible, can

  • psychological,
  • psychotherapeutic,
  • spiritual or pastoral as well
  • medical assistance

to be entitled to.

Note In Austria pastoral care is often offered by religious organizations. However, there are also non-denominational (not belonging to any religion) pastors available.

Contact information for psychological, psychotherapeutic or spiritual counseling institutions and crisis intervention centers can be found here.

For more information, see:

  • Hospice and palliative care: advice and help,
  • Hospice and Palliative Care - Brochures and Forms as well
  • Hospice and palliative care: social support.

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