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The Challenges of Family Member Caregiving: How the Home Health and Hospice Clinician Can Help at the End of Life

Ruder, Shirley RN, MS, MSN, EdD

doi: 10.1097/01.NHH.0000311034.00721.73
HOSPICE & Palliative Care

In the current healthcare system, family caregiving usually is at the core of end-of-life care. The home health clinician can play an important role in easing the burdens often experienced by the caregiver. This relationship may provide some challenges and some opportunities. This article describes some potentially helpful interventions that home health clinicians can use to improve the experiences of patients and caregivers.

Shirley Ruder RN, MS, MSN, EdD, is Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida.

Address for correspondence: Shirley Ruder, RN, MS, MSN, EdD, School of Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, Florida 33965 (e-mail:

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