What is the difference between Hospice care Palliative care and the work of an End of Life Doula?
This question has been put to me several times over the past couple of weeks.
I think the most critical point to make is that an End of Life Doula is a non-medical
Role. The Doula has professional skills and knowledge concerning caring for the
sick and dying as well as helping with making an end of life plan. Holistic non-medical skills are part of the Doulas tool kit.
Hospice and Palliative care are essential services for those with a terminal diagnosis, and there is no dispute among Certified End of life Doulas that their role is complementary to Hospice and in no way in place of or in competition with the services Hospice provides.
A Doula does not carry a caseload as such and has the time to give personally tailored care and attention. The level of focus and individualized care that a doula can provide one on one is higher as there are fewer time constraints.