- Subject index
Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.
Chapter 49: Formal and Informal Caregiving at the End of Life
Formal and Informal Caregiving at the End of Life
Persons admitted to health care institutions for acute, chronic, and emergency care who are dying receive care from a range of persons—professional staff, volunteers, family members, and friends. Institutionally based care is provided in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice and palliative care units. Home-based care is also an option, with the assistance of home health care services, hospice, and family and other loved ones. The responsibilities of caregiving are often shared between formal and informal caregivers, including medical professionals, specialized auxiliary staff, volunteers, and family members. Health care professionals, especially in institutional settings, are increasingly limited by time and cost constraints in tending to the medical as well ...