Hospice Workers

Hospice workers provide support for terminally ill patients in the final stages of their illness. Hospice care is a benefit under Medicare 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 1.6 million patients received hospice care in 2012.

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

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