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For Caregivers

"There are only four kinds of people in the world — those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers!"
- Rosalynn Carter


If you have questions at any point during an illness 
we encourage you to call 1-800-229-8183 or email us.


If you are a husband, wife, domestic partner, parent, child, sister, brother, extended family member, friend or neighbor then there may come a time in your life when you are called upon to care for someone who is coping with a progressive illness or disability.

When that time comes, Samaritan Hospice can help.

When is the "right" time?

Hospice care offers benefits not only to the person you are caring for, but to your extended family as well. Your family should give serious consideration to the benefits of hospice care when your loved one:


No longer responds significantly or as expected to treatments for his/her disease.

Expresses concern that the burden of treatment is outweighing the benefits.

Complains consistently about pain or other unrelieved physical symptoms. 

Makes frequent short-term trips to the hospital and/or emergency room.

Loses significant weight without conscious dieting.

Has difficulty carrying out the activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, eating, toileting

Is sad or depressed about his or her advanced-stage condition and quality of life.

Taking care of yourself is very important at this time so that you may continue to take good care of your loved one.

Consider hospice care if you and your family:

Are coping with a chronic progressive illness or disability

Are feeling physically or emotionally drained and/or socially isolated and/or overly anxious, sad and fearful about the months/weeks/days ahead.

Feel you need physical, emotional and spiritual support to deal with the many strains on your time, energy, emotions, and/or finances.

Are feeling unsure about whether or not to consider hospice; many families find it reassuring to check and to be sure.

How Samaritan can help your family

Samaritan Hospice care offers medical, emotional and spiritual support to both patients and the family/friends who care for them. Our Referral Center staff is available to discuss options with patients, families and physicians.

What if I want information before I think it's "time"?

There is no obligation to accept hospice care when you call Samaritan for information. Our Referral Center staff will sensitively discuss your concerns and answer your questions at any point in your loved one's illness. If it seems that Samaritan's care would be appropriate and beneficial to your family, we will ask your permission to contact your physician to discuss it and arrange a referral.

Also see our Patients and Families section for more information about hospice and grief support services available to current Samaritan patients and their families.