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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Hospices

Hospices

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(p.457) 38 Hospices
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
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Deborah P. Waldrop

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0038

This chapter discusses social work practice in hospice settings with older people and their families. It begins by providing both historical and current perspectives on hospice care, including a differentiation between end-of-life, palliative, and hospice care, and it integrates current utilization and length-of-stay information from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The chapter's three main sections discuss (1) regulations and policies that guide hospice social work; (2) hospice care environments; and (3) hospice social work with older adults and their families. Although people of all ages enroll in hospices, the chapter focuses on older patients and their families.

Keywords:   social work practice, social workers, hospice care, elderly

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