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Hospice care for the child with AIDS

Publication year
2001
Author(s)
Buckingham, R.W.; Meister, E.A.
Pages
461-467
Volume
38
Number
3

Hospice care was established to provide palliative (i.e., noncurative) services for the dying and their families. The advent of the AIDS epidemic has posed a challenge to hospice care, particularly for the child dying of the disease, and has adapted to modified palliative services. Parents, with a child dying of AIDS, must deal with many issues of disclosing the disease status to the child, coping with the emotions of losing a child, and when and where to incorporate hospice services into the dying process. Optimizing home based *hospice* care involves; (1) Nutritional management, (2) Prevention of opportunistic infections, (3) Pain management, and (4) Protection of Non-HIV positive members of hospice care. For the dying, hospice strives to achieve a peaceful death and provide supportive intervention for the survivors.

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