To help your loved one/patient thrive while on hospice, it is very important that he/she has a good a diet. If he/she gets to the point of aspiration (not being able to get their food down), it is important to puree the food. You can also add a product called Thick- it. This is designed to thicken any liquids such as water, juice, soups etc. Since it is important our loved ones are getting food and liquids, these are some ways to make this process more comfortable. At the point where they are not wanting to eat, we must do anything we can to get some nutrients in their system. Make them shakes with ice cream, milk, fruits, ect. We must try to keep them consuming food any way we can as long as our loved one is comfortable. Light massage of a client that is mostly or completely bedridden is extremely important. just use some lotion and give them a light massage. This increases the circulation of the blood and of the lymph as well and helps their anxiety, pain relief, improving their joint and range of motion and delivering oxygen and other nutrients to the cells of the body. Light massage also produces a fluid called synovial n. This is a lubricating function that improves range of motion. The human touch alone is healing all by its self. Also, the undivided attention alone is comforting as well.