2. Why Is Family so Important in Home Care and Hospice?
While the composition of families has changed through the years, the functions and developmental tasks of families have remained constant. In this chapter, the focus will be on the health care function of families, how families help members return to their prior level of function after an illness, and the crucial role family plays for members to live safely in the community. Resources for families who are caregivers will also be discussed in this chapter. An interview with home care staff will facilitate the discussion about the importance of the relation between family members and home care and hospice staff.