A Conceptual Framework for Caring for Families of Hospice Patients
Summary. Hospice caregivers are usually family-focused in their practice with individual clients. Less often is the entire family as a unit considered the client. The authors present a conceptual framework for working with hospice families as clients. Their perspective incorporates concepts of the family as a system, the family life cycle, and the components of professional practice. Clinical examples illustrate the application of the framework in practice.