For California residents, when a family member becomes terminally ill, it can be hard to assess your options and determine the best way to care for your loved one in their final days. During this time, many families stretch themselves too thin and try to take care of their family member on their own. Others spend shifts taking their terminally ill family member to the hospital and doctor’s office for constant care. But for many, the option of entering their family member into a California hospice program is taken into consideration.

These programs offer the terminally ill patient a wide network of medical professionals that can help make their final days more relaxing and keep them comfortable as they reach the end of their life. While a program dedicated to providing end of life care may be difficult to admit as necessary, it can be extremely beneficial, both for the loved one and for the family members.

Here are the seven people who, in this program, help take care of the patient in their last days of life.

  1. Doctors

A doctor in this type of program takes on a new role. Instead of trying to make the patient healthy again, they instead provide symptom relief so that the patient can stay as comfortable as possible in the final period of their life.

  1. Nurses

Nurses heed the advice and instructions of the doctor and help to provide care. They are also close by to monitor vitals and keep the family informed as to the condition of their loved one.

  1. Home health aides

For those who choose to spend their final days at home, in-home health aides provide extra relief to family members who are not able to care for the patient around the clock.

  1. Spiritual counselors

Death is a scary situation and having spiritual counselors available is an important part of keeping the patient comfortable. For example, for patients of the Jewish faith, entering them into a Jewish hospice in San Diego provides them with the spiritual advice they need when determining what they can expect during and after death.

  1. Social workers

While these workers can also be a tremendous emotional support, they are also available to offer advice as to how to handle legal matters, such as a will, and financial obligations.

  1. Volunteers

They provide help to home aides and assistance with transportation and personal hygiene care.

  1. Grief counselors

Once the patient has passed, grief counselors are available to the family to help them cope with their loss.

There is a large support network of people and professionals available to help not only patients in their final days, but also to help the family members, both with counseling and emotional support.