Topic: compare and contrast hospice and healthcare Human Services Modern research led by Michelle E. Martin outlines a number of challenges that are associated with both hospice and human service working fields. Among the two, one common problem that practitioners seem to face has to do with the challenge of dealing with multicultural circumstances presented by clients. Most often than not, professionals in these two fields receive limited training on the care for people from different background (Michelle, 2011, p. 123). Due to this, when the need to handle clients through varying cultural setup arises, they tend to proof highly ineffective. This is a problem that affects both the care giver and care receiver. This is because as much as the care receiver is denied the needed health and hospice service the care giver is also taken through a moment of psychological trauma that is associated with failed efforts to deliver quality service. On the clients that are served by the two working outfits, it would be noticed that there is also great similarities in the clients served. Basically, these two fields are responsible for people with various forms of health needs and seeking immediate interventions to the problems. Those in the human service are however more likely to be seen as agents of prevention rather than treatment (p. 98).
Through his writings, Michelle (2011) creates an awareness of a clear distinction between hospice and human services or home health by bringing to bare some of the theoretical approaches that back the work that each of these health experts do. In the case of hospice professionals, there is the awareness that their approach is focused on rekindling hope in the patient with a life-threatening disease whiles helping the patient to understand the realities of death. It is for this reason that in the 8th chapter, the writer touches on sensitive areas like resisting the reality of the death, planning for the death and the spiritual component of dying. On the contrary, the theoretical approach towards health care or human service has to do with the “rehabilitation and traditional medical management for homebound patients where the goal is cure and rehabilitation of the physical body” (Alive Hospice, 2010). By extension, the differences in theoretical approaches bring about different types of modalities in the utilization of services to clients. Some of these modalities include counseling, legal interventions, case management, grieve management and medicinal care delivery.
Based on evidence from Michelle (2011) that human service health care generally aims at the restoration of hope for people to live normal healthy life again, the conclusion would be drawn that between the two fields, the one that would be most preferable would be the human service health care instead of hospice. If for nothing at all, Michelle (2011, p. 64) makes it clear that the dilemmas and challenges associated with hospice are numerous and thought provoking. Again, working in hospice field is non-conventional and may require several unplanned services to clients and family of clients that makes the field quite a difficult one. This is not however an indication that one ought to run away from such responsibilities. However, as health practitioners, the kind of ego of satisfaction that one puts into his or her work goes long ways to affecting the level of success that will be recorded.
Alive Hospice (2010). “What’s the difference between hospice and home health?” Accessed May 22, 2012 from http://alivehospice.org/blog/2010/02/12/whats-the-difference-between-hospice-and-home-health/
Michelle E. M (2011). Introduction to Human Services: Through the Eyes of Practice Settings. New York: Pearson