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Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home

Here's information for the caregiver about how to take care of a housebound AIDS patient. From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Dying at Home

Whether or not to die at home is a big decision, but it may not have to be made right away. As the health of the person with AIDS changes, you and they may change your minds several times. However, it is something you should talk about with the person with AIDS ahead of time. Plans should be made; legal papers may need to be signed. What the dying person wants and needs, the needs and abilities of the caregivers and other loved ones, the advice of the doctors and other medical professionals, the advice of clergy or other spiritual leaders, may all need to be considered in deciding what is best. Consideration must be given to everyone living in the home. Small children and others may not be ready to cope with death in their home. Others in the home may prefer to face the final moments of the person with AIDS in familiar surroundings. Just be sure the person with AIDS knows that they will not die alone, that the people they love will try to be with them, wherever they choose to die. You also should get help to deal with your own grief after the death.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Publication: Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home. 1996. (Online) http://www.hivatis.org/caring


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