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Hospice: Rehabilitation in reverse

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Author(s): Jeyaraman Senthilkumar | Kathiresan Ganesan | Gopalsamy Kavitha

Journal: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
ISSN 0973-1075

Volume: 16;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 111;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: End of life care | Hospice | Physical therapy | Rehabilitation in reverse | Review

ABSTRACT
Hospice care is about quality of life at a time when a person has an illness for which curative measures are no longer possible, and for which a physician has determined the patient has a life expectancy of about six months or less, a hospice program can support the process of death and dying in a compassionate way. A growing trend is to utilize physical therapy more frequently in hospice. Physical therapy has several vital roles in hospice care as follows: maximizing functional ability and comfort to enhance quality of life; assuring patient and care giver safety; helping people redesign their lives and life goals; providing support around physical, emotional and spiritual issues at the end of life. The purpose of this review is to provide 1) a description of hospice care, 2) an explanation of the roles of physical therapists in hospice care.
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