Hospice Aides are skilled in helping the patient and caregiver intermittently with the personal care of the patient, such as personal grooming, some light housekeeping or meal preparation, and may other duties as needs arise.
Hospice nurses specialize in palliative care which is a special kind of care that keeps pain to a minimum and increases comfort. The nurse is the liaison between the patient and the physician and other health care professionals. The hospice nurse makes intermittent visits to monitor and evaluate the patient’s condition. The nurse provides the patient and family with information about the illness and helps manage the pain and symptoms of the disease.
The social worker is a counselor to the patient and the family. The social worker assists the family with financial, insurance, legal issues, and helps them understand the personal and social challenges of illness, disability, and the dying process.
Individual, telephone and group support are offered to the patient and family, before and after a patient’s death. Bereavement support is also offered to the community when anyone is experiencing a loss.
The patient’s personal physician and the hospice physician work together to plan the patient’s medical care. They are always in close communication with the other members of the hospice interdisciplinary team. They make home visits, provide support, participate in the plan of care, consult with the clinical team, and oversee patient care.
Spiritual issues are an important part of the care of the patient requiring hospice care counselors to help patients address life closure and the meaning of life. Preferences are discussed with the patient and family members. Assistance with memorial services and funerals are available at the family’s request.
Limited physical, occupational, and speech therapies are available through hospice to help a patient maintain comfort or quality of life.
Dietitians offer complete nutritional assessments and offer recommendations.
Hospice volunteers provide companionship for the patient and relief for the caregiver. Patient-family volunteers perform many functions including sitting with patients, running errands for the patient or caregiver, providing emotional support, and relaying information to other members of the interdisciplinary team for follow-up.
Providing quality end of life care involves a number of professionals working together, from doctors and nurses to social workers, dietitians, and chaplains. Our team-oriented approach provides and brings together an experienced team to meet our patients’s needs and wishes.