Hospice Workers

Hospice Worker and Patient

Hospice workers provide support for terminally ill patients in the final stages of their illness. Hospice care is a benefit under Medicare Part A hospital insurance and eligible persons can receive medical and support services for their terminal illnesses. Care is primarily provided in the patients' homes, but may also be provided in nursing homes and hospitals, with the intent to make patients as comfortable and pain-free as medically possible during the final days of their lives. A team of specially trained professionals and volunteers provides hospice care. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reported that in 2014, an estimated 1.6 to 1.7 million patients received hospice services. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Home Health Care Aides, Hospice Nurses, Supervisors of Home Health Care Aides, Supervisors of Rehabilitation Service
Duties Help patients and their families manage and cope with terminal illness; ensure that patient needs are met; provide medical care
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience Previous health care experience required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager of Home Health Care Agency
  • Supervisor of Hospice Workers
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Registered Nurse
  • Entry-Level Hospice Worker