Hospice brings together a team of specially trained professionals and volunteers who work with the patient’s doctor to provide a plan of care designed to control the pain and ease end-of-life struggles for the patient and family. These professionals come from a variety of disciplines and include specially trained volunteers working together under the stewardship of a Hospice Medical Director to meet the individual needs of terminally ill patients and their families. The Hospice Team works with the patient and their family’s community of faith and/or other spiritual care resources. For residents of a long-term care facility, Hospice offers a special program that works in concert with facility staff to provide terminally ill patients with state-of-the-art symptom management as well as emotional and spiritual support.
Every Day Services, Around the Clock
The Hospice Team coordinates any individualized services or therapies needed, when they are needed most. Once the Hospice Team has been engaged, patients and families are never alone. Hospice Nurses provide emergency on-call assistance 24-hours a day, every day of the year.
Registered Nurses give skilled pain management services & caregiver education to help reduce complications & enhance family support. They coordinate the provision of medical equipment, supplies and medications, communicate with attending physicians & are “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients and families.
Certified Nurse Aides / Home Health Aides
Certified Nurse Aides / Home Health Aides under the supervision of the Hospice Nurse, provide patients with personal care and assistance with the activities of daily living.
Social Workers assist patients and families in identifying their personal and community resources and developing support networks to aid in coping with a life-limiting illness.
Trained Volunteers offer assistance with the activities of daily living and friendly support, companionship & encouragement to patients & family members.
Counselors which may include clergy, offer emotional & spiritual support, along with bereavement services to family members throughout the first year after loss.
Patient’s Physician works with the Hospice Nurse to design & oversee a plan of care & to coordinate medical equipment, supplies and medications.
Medical Director provides consultation and overall medical guidance for the Hospice Team and participates in the patient/family care planning.
Ancillary Therapists provide additional types of therapy such as physical, occupational, speech and respiratory, when medically indicated.
Managers address administrative concerns such as compliance with quality assurance standards or Medicare regulations, offer guidance and support team members.