Hospice brings together a team of specially trained professionals and volunteers, working with the patient’s doctor and family to provide a plan of care designed specific to the patient needs. These professionals come from a variety of disciplines and include a Hospice Medical Director (Physician), Registered Nurse, Certified Home Health Aide, Chaplain, and Social Worker. This team is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of terminally ill patients and their families. For residents of a long-term care facility, our team will work together with the staff at the facility to provide our terminally ill patients with the best practices in pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support.
On Call 24/7
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.
Calls made during after hours (5pm - 8am) will result in a visit from the nurse.
Registered Nurses are trained in skilled pain management services, caregiver education to help reduce complications, and overall patient and family support. They coordinate the provision of medical equipment, supplies and medications, communicate with attending physicians and family. There is a Registered Nurse “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Certified Nurse Aides / Home Health Aides
Certified Nurse Aides/Home Health Aides under the supervision of the Hospice RN, provide patients with personal care and assistance with the activities of daily living such as showering, hair care, skin care, and oral hygiene according to the patients ‘Plan of Care’.
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.
Chaplains support the patient and family in the spiritual and emotional aspects of the hospice journey. Anytime there is a need for spiritual counseling, our Chaplains have the highest regard for the patient’s personal religious beliefs.
Trained Volunteers offer assistance with the activities of daily living and friendly support, companionship and encouragement to patients and family members.
Patient’s Physician works with the Hospice Nurse to design and oversee a plan of care, as well as coordination of 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.
RN Case Managers
RN Case Managers are the liaison between the patient, family, care team and physician. They provide medical oversight, create the patient plan of care, and communicate with all members of the care team as needed. The RN Case Manager is also the main point of contact for the family when questions or concerns may arise. She/he will keep you informed of any needed testing, x-rays, patient condition and more. The RN Case Manager is there to offer guidance and support, as well as share knowledge and educate.