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Boundaries in Hospice


Overview & Objectives

Boundaries are especially important in hospice where patients and families are more vulnerable and need increasing support as the patient moves toward death. The purpose of this module is to help hospice aides define boundaries and understand the potential for crossing them. It includes examples of boundary issues across the continuum from minor to serious, consequences and prevention, as well as identifying the factors that can increase the risk of boundary violations. This module contains the following learning objectives:

  • Describe relationship dynamics and boundary issues
  • List examples of less serious to very serious boundary violations
  • Review the consequences of serious boundary violations
  • Identify individuals who are at risk for violating boundaries
  • Discuss prevention of boundary violations


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  What Would You Do?
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance