The Hospice team consists of a group of professionals and specially trained volunteers working together to provide the best care for each patient. The team works with the patient's personal physician to ensure effective management of pain and other symptoms. The team also coordinates care with other community agencies.
- Provide comfort, through pain and symptom management, and emotional support to both the patient and family.
- Work with the patient's physician and the other team members to coordinate a care plan for each patient.
- Instruct family members in the care and management of the patient.
- Make visits to patients for assessment, intervention and teaching.
- Available around the clock to handle emergencies.
- Works with patient's personal physicians and the Hospice team to approve patients for admission and ensure the most effective plan of care.
- Serves as a liaison with other physicians in the community.
- Acts as a medical resource for the team.
- Provide counseling to patients and families to help them handle emotional, social and financial stresses that surface during a life-threatening illness.
- Recommend additional community resources and financial assistance.
Licensed Practical Nurses/Certified Nursing Assistants
- Provide personal care for patients and perform light household tasks.
- Help provide special services to expand the care provided by health professionals.
- Assist with bereavement activities.
- Provide spiritual guidance and counseling to patients and families, as requested.
- Work with community clergy to ensure spiritual support to patients and family members.
Bereavement Counseling Team
- Help prepare the family for managing their loss before the death and follow their adjustment for up to thirteen months afterward.
- Provide information to families and community groups on the grief process, coordinate grief support groups, provide individual grief counseling, and make referrals as needed.
- Work with patients to sustain mobility and relieve pain and discomfort.
- Teach families to maneuver patients with restricted physical abilities.
- Work with patients and families to learn new skills to help them in performance of daily activities while stressing energy conservation.
- Provide adaptive devices, and training in their use, to patients with limited physical capacities as needed.
- Provides nutritional counseling to help patients build strength.