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Orientation to Hospice


Overview & Objectives

This orientation to hospice is an excellent overview for new hospice aides and home health/LTC aides caring for hospice patients, as well as a general review for experienced hospice aides. It covers a brief history of hospice in the United States, patient eligibility and admissions, levels of care, hospice services, Medicare guidelines for hospices, and a brief overview of symptom management. The role of interdisciplinary team members is reviewed with emphasis on hospice aides and the duties they perform. The learning objectives for this inservice include:

  • Describe the growth of hospice in the United States
  • Discuss eligibility, admissions, and hospice diagnoses
  • Review services and funding for hospice
  • Identify the roles of the interdisciplinary team
  • Discuss general symptom management
  • Review the hospice aide’s role and duties


  • Learning Module
  • Discussion Topics
  • Group Exercise:  Interdisciplinary Team Roles
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance