The Hospice Team

Foremost, hospice is about embracing life when life matters most. Dedicated doctors, nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, spiritual counselors and volunteers are here to support you by providing comfort and relief from pain, so each day can be lived to the fullest. They will also listen to you, and together with your caregiver and family create a plan of care that is personalized to meet your needs and goals. Hospices work with a patient’s primary care provider (PCP) or the hospice medical director to manage the care to enable patients to have an aware, pain-free life while living each day to the fullest.

 

Along with the medical director, a hospice team will include a registered nurse who manages the hospice team, a social worker, a certified nursing assistant and a spiritual counselor. If the caregiver needs some respite, we also have trained volunteers available to help.

You and your family

Tell us your hopes and dreams, what you want your care to look like

Your caregiver

The person who knows you best and can give us clues about how to care for and how we can meet your needs

Primary care provider (PCP)

Your PCP remains involved in patient’s Plan of Care through regular communication with hospice team

Medical director

Manages your overall hospice care in collaboration with your PCP and hospice care team

Nurse case manager

Your nurse case manager has the support of the nursing team in managing your care. They will visit you as needed and are available 24/7 to help with symptom control while also providing family and caregiver education

Social worker

Addresses issues that commonly occur with the end of life: grief, fear, family and caregiver coping. Can help you understand financial and housing issues that contribute to stress at this time of life

Spiritual counselor

Addresses spiritual issues. Nondenominational in nature, the spiritual counselor listens to your needs and does not seek to change your belief systems

Certified nursing assistant

Helps with bathing, light housekeeping and companionship. Makes weekly or more visits as needed

Bereavement coordinator

Assess grieving risk for each individual family situation. Coordinates bereavement program for one year after the patient’s death

Volunteer coordinator

Manages and provides training for volunteers. Meets with families and patients to discuss ways that a volunteer can help

Volunteer

Trained and background-checked members of the community may be available for respite, companionship or other patient/caregiver support activities. For more information, ask a member of your care team to have the volunteer coordinator talk to you

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