infancy & pregnancy loss
Scope of Practice & Limitations
Scope/Standards of Practice
- Provide non-medical, non-judgmental support and guidance to individuals and families through times of critical, transformative life change.
- Nurture, inform, support, guide, empower and comfort.
- Work with other caregivers and members of the healthcare team.
- Assist clients in the gathering of information and encouraging them to make informed choices that are right for them.
- Attend and take notes at medical/physician appointments so that the client can refer back to them later.
- Make referrals to appropriate professionals and community resources.
- Support is adapted to the unique needs and requirements of each family served.
Limitations to Practice
- Does not perform medical or clinical tasks (e.g., monitor vital signs, administer medication).
- Does not give medical advice or persuade clients to follow a specific course of action or treatment.
- Does not impose personal values and beliefs on the client.
- Does not facilitate assisted suicide.
- Does not perform domestic duties such as cleaning or cooking.
- Does not replace the role of other professionals and caregivers such as hospice staff, social workers, chaplains, home health aides, etc.
- Does not wash or dress the deceased unless assisted by a Funeral Director.
- Does not replace the role of a Funeral Director.