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

Deborah P. Waldrop

Oxford University Press

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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