Your Hospice Team
Primary Physician – May continue to direct your care through your hospice nurse and by office visits if needed.
Hospice Medical Director – Supports the interdisciplinary team as a resource. Consults with your primary physician on medical treatment issues as needed.
Hospice Nurse – Coordinates your care with members of the interdisciplinary team and others to effectively handle your nursing needs, helps prevent and relieve pain and other symptoms, makes certain that necessary medical supplies and equipment are available, monitors medications and treatments, communicates regularly with the medical director and tries to anticipate your needs and assists you and your family/caregiver to better understand the natural progression of your disease.
Hospice Social Worker – Provides emotional support, counseling and guidance for you and your caregivers as you cope with end-of-life issues, identifies community resources which are available to help you, assists you and your family with planning for hired caregivers, funeral arrangements and offers information on living wills and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.
Hospice Aide – Assists with your personal care which includes bathing, hair care, shaving, skin care, linen changes, catheter care and assists with light housekeeping and light meal preparation if needed, reports any changes in the condition of patient to the appropriate team member, may NOT dispense medications or perform skilled procedures, scheduled visits and time can be arranged to meet patient needs.
Dietary Counselor – Addresses and assures that your dietary needs are met. Dietary counseling may be provided by a dietitian, nurse or other qualified staff members.
Spiritual Care Coordinator – Provides spiritual care based on respect for you and your family/caregiver’s personal faith and beliefs, will contact your pastor, priest, rabbi or spiritual counselor on your behalf if patient/family caregiver wish, may provide a spiritual volunteer.
Hospice Volunteers – Perform a variety of services which might include: companionship, caregiver relief, assistance with errands, light housekeeping and meal preparation. Provides support and presence as needed if families are not able to be with their loved ones during times of vigil. Learn more about volunteers here.
Bereavement Coordinator – Provides support to individuals and families throughout the dying process and after the death of a loved one for a period of at least 13 months, refers volunteers, who have received additional professional training in grief and loss, who are available upon request to the patient and family, informs family/caregiver of specialized grief support groups and individual grief support to assist them in coping with their grief, makes referrals to other organizations and professionals within the community for needs that exceed the scope of our hospice bereavement services. All bereavement services are available to anyone in the community at no charge.
Other Team Members – Massage therapy, music therapy and other restorative therapies as recommended by the hospice interdisciplinary team.