End of Life Doula /Companion
Responding to the needs of the Dying
Limitations to Practice
As non-medical care providers, end-of-life doulas do not perform clinical tasks (e.g., monitor vital signs, administer medication).
The doula refrains from giving medical advice or from persuading clients to follow a specific course of action or treatment.
The doula refrains from imposing his/her own values and beliefs on the client.
Doulas do not undermine their clients’ confidence in their caregiver(s). Instead, the doula uses good listening skills to support clients who initiate a discussion about dissatisfaction with a caregiver's practice or attitudes.
Doulas do not usurp the role of other professionals and caregivers such as the hospice nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aide, etc.
Doulas may be present at the request of the client, but doulas do not facilitate the medical aid-in-dying process