When a loved one is dying, family members and other loved ones are suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver with little preparation, and without training or knowing what to expect. Although the Sonata Hospice team provides guidance and support, it does not provide prolonged periods of continuous care, and hospice is not intended to take the place of the family and/or primary caregiver. When the patient's needs are increasing, it is important that enough care be provided by non-hospice caregivers to ensure that the patient is kept comfortable and safe. Perhaps you or someone you know is struggling with their caregiving journey, someone who is experiencing caregiver burnout.

There are many resources that are available to help caregivers to prevent caregiver fatigue or burnout. Our Sonata Hospice team will be happy to provide instruction to patient care when it is needed. Our chaplains and bereavement staff will provide emotional and spiritual support to help caregivers cope with end of life situations and bereavement support. Our volunteers can provide limited assistance with caregiving and respite care is sometimes available. You should communicate with our Sonata Hospice team members if there is any change in the patient's condition.

Feel free to browse these helpful links:


Aging Care - http://www.agingcare.com/Articles/help-with-caregiver-burnout-149492.htm
The Family Caregiver - http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/
Care Giver - http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp
The Remembrance Foundation - http://www.theremembrancefoundation.org/hospice-information/