Hospice care is provided through an interdisciplinary, medically directed team. This team approach to care for terminally ill patients includes a physician, a nurse, a hospice aide, a social worker, a chaplain, a volunteer, a dietician, a physical, occupational, and speech therapist.
The hospice physician is responsible for the overall care of the hospice patient. All disciplines report to the physician for any changes in patient condition. Makes regular scheduled visits to ensure hospice eligibility and medical necessity.
The Hospice Nurse
The hospice nurse makes regularly scheduled visits to the patient providing expert pain management and symptom control. Throughout the time that the patient is under our care, the nurse keeps the hospice physician informed of the patient’s condition. Nurses provide the complete spectrum of skilled nursing care. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hospice Aides provide assistance with the personal care of the patient.
Social workers provide assistance with practical and financial concerns as well as emotional support, counseling and bereavement follow-up. They evaluate the need for volunteers and other support services needed by the family and facilitate communication between the family and community agencies.
Chaplains provide spiritual support to patients and families, often serving as a liaison between them and their religious community. They often assist with memorial services and funeral arrangements.
The volunteer provides patient/ family care through social activities and community interaction. They participate in support groups and educational in-service. They provide companionship and assist in basic personal care.
Physical Therapists assess and evaluate strength, gait, ROM and transfer capabilities.
Occupational Therapist assess and evaluate patient’s functional status. Educate family on adaptive equipment to improve function.
Speech Therapy assess and evaluate patient’s functional speech and establishes goals and plan of care to improve patient’s function.
The dietician develops and implements a nutritional plan. They instruct patient and family on nutritional principles, diet plans, food selections and adapting plans to the terminal illness.