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Jun 4, 2021

Hospice aides are truly an essential part of the interdisciplinary team, providing some of the most intimate care to seriously ill patients. Today’s Heartbeat shares the truth about the role of the aide in end of life care.  Providing personal care such as bed baths, showers, catheter or incontinent care, and skin care is just part of what an aide can do.  The aide also monitors a patient for skin breakdown and ensures safe ambulation during the aide’s visit.  Cleaning nails and providing oral care is also included in the aide care plan.  One of the most important aspects of the aide’s job is communication with the nurse.  An aide can be the first to see skin breakdown or a change in the patient’s status.  Aide often provides bathing of the body after a patient dies, known as post mortem care.  Aides are not allowed to give medications or provide medical advice.   The Heart of Hospice wants to support you during your end of life journey.  Find information about hospice philosophy at  The hosts of The Heart of Hospice podcast have 20+ years of hospice experience.  Contact Helen or Jerry with questions by sending an email to  No matter where you are in your hospice journey, you are The Heart of Hospice.