The information on this page is intended to provide some helpful information to support you and your family as you care for your loved on hospice. Since each situation is unique, not all of the links below will be relevant to you, but hopefully some of it will be helpful. The caregiver links are for informational purposes only; we cannot guarantee, endorse, or recommend any of them as they are from outside sources. If you notice any of the resources has inaccurate information, please let us know.
Please contact us at 314.953.1676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in need of any other resources, information, or grief support.
Hold My Hand - Caring for a Loved One
Caring for a dying loved one is not easy. You may have known the end of life has been approaching or you may have just recently been told that your loved one’s end may be soon. Either way, you may not feel prepared to give care. It is normal to feel sad, afraid, helpless and even angry. Hold My Hand - Caring for a Loved One booklet is a resource provided by BJC Hospice for families to help them understand the needs of facing end of life care. It provides common symptoms and occurrences along with care-giving tips. Our hope is to prepare you so that you, too, can find comfort in knowing that what is occurring is natural and give you confidence so you can support your loved one’s with his or her greatest needs at this time — comfort and support.
As a caregiver, you might find yourself facing new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar. There are things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and your loved one. The tips, listed below, can help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love.
Advance Directives and Legal Affairs
Managing Medicines at Home
Tips from a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist
Tips from Registered Nurses
Questions to Ask Before Taking New Medications
Your Information Sheet
Monthly classes for those caring for a loved one.
- 2018 Caregiver Classes Flyer
- Classes are held monthly -- attend as many topics as you like
- There is no charge for classes, materials or literature
- Registration is not necessary
- Classes feature personal and professional insight from BJC employees who care
1 p.m-2:30 p.m. | Second Tuesday of the month, from March-December.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center | 3015 N Ballas Road (Main hospital entrance) | Auditoriums 1 | St. Louis, Missouri, 63131
To register, call 314.996.LIFE (5433)
Supporting the Caregiver | Mar. 13 and Aug. 14; Auditorium 1
Learn about signs and risks of compassion fatigue (caregiver burnout) and waysto help. An experienced medical social worker will provide coping techniques and resources for caregivers.
Practical Tips for Day-to-Day Home Care | Apr. 10 and Sept. 11; Auditorium 1
Coping techniques and resources for caregivers. Learn about signs and risks of compassion fatigue (caregiver burnout), and ways to help. Introducing alternative therapies to help with stress relief and activity level.
Legal Matters and Goals of Care | May 8 and Oct. 9; Auditorium 1
An attorney will present information on important legal matters to address with your loved ones. A palliative social worker will share ways to discuss goals of care and longterm planning. Advance Directives will be discussed.
Home Care Choices and How to Find Assistance at Home | June 12 and Nov. 13; Auditorium 1
Learn the difference between insuranceapproved skilled home care and other home care choices, including private duty, home medical equipment, supplies and other resources to help in the care of your loved one.
Medication Management and Nutrition | July 10; Auditorium 1
A pharmacist will give tips for setting up, storing, recording and managing medications. A registered dietitian will teach you how to help meet dietary requirements and manage physician-prescribed diets.
Alternate Therapies | Dec. 11; Auditorium 1
There are many ways to cope with caregiver stress and different therapies will be discussed, such as music therapy, massage therapy, art therapy, aromatherapy and more! This will be an experiential class, with demonstrations provided by the speakers.
Classes are sponsored by BJC Home Care Services, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Progress West Hospital.