One of the most important, but not always highlighted, jobs in hospice care is the Hospice Care Aide or Health Care Aide (HCA). HCAs handle one of the most personal elements of the hospice journey, personal hygiene. Needing assistance with personal hygiene can sometimes feel embarrassing or uncomfortable. The HCAs at Hospice of the Northwest recognize this and help patients work through that discomfort by providing care with compassion and dignity. HCAs work at the pace and comfort level of the patient, approaching each individual with patience and understanding.
Denise, CNA is a Hospice Care Aide at Hospice of the Northwest. “I am a CNA because my passion in life is to give the best possible care to those who are not able to care for themselves,” Denise said. “I truly feel this is my calling in life. My love for this work comes out in the care I give to each and every one I meet.”
National Hospice Care Aide week is June 17 – 23, where we celebrate HCAs and appreciate the important services they provide. Hospice of the Northwest Aides are dedicated, hardworking individuals who choose, every day, to provide compassionate hospice care and serve their community members during one of the most difficult times of life. Hospice care would not be the same without the support of HCAs on the care team.
About Hospice of the Northwest
We are a skilled, caring, and compassionate team of doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, aides, volunteers and generous community donors.
Together we provide patient-centered care for people facing serious illness. We’ve been serving the residents of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish Counties since 1989 and want to know how we can support you or your loved one.