Cleanliness and tranquility.
Hospice aides can provide light housekeeping and domestic duties to patients and their families facing terminal illnesses. These services help keep the patient’s environment clean, comfortable, and safe, easing the caregivers’ stress.
What types of services are available?
Some examples of light housekeeping and domestic duties are:
- Dusting, vacuuming, and wiping surfaces
- Preparing simple meals and snacks
- Changing bed linens, doing laundry
- Picking up medications, groceries, or mail
- Feeding and caring for pets.
What this service do not involve?
Light housekeeping and domestic duties do not involve heavy or deep cleaning, such as scrubbing floors, washing windows, or moving furniture. They also do not involve personal care, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming the patient, which hospice aides do under a nurse’s supervision. The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers light housekeeping and domestic duties as long as they are related to patient care and documented in the plan of care.