Hospice Care Team Members
Patient and Family
Our patients and their loved ones are an important part of the hospice care team. In most cases, a family member serves as the primary caregiver, working with the professional members of the hospice care team to develop a plan for providing treatment, support, personal care and other specialized services for the patient and the patient’s family.
The Attending Physician certifies a patient’s terminal prognosis as part of the hospice eligibility process, directs symptoms management, prescribes appropriate treatment and co-manages the patient’s plan of care with the hospice care team.
Hospice Care Physician
Serving as medical director, the Hospice Care Physician leads the hospice care team in developing a plan of care to meet each patient’s specific needs, provides consultation to physicians regarding hospice care, and certifies terminal prognosis as part of the hospice eligibility process.
Hospice Care Nurse
Hospice Care Nurses have specialized training in pain and symptoms management. Their role on the hospice care team is to assess and address patient and family needs, to coordinate the plan of care with the care team to ensure identified needs are met, and to provide direction and education for patients and their loved ones.
The Hospice Aide’s job is to provide direct personal care and comfort for the patient, to report identified needs to the nurse case manager, and to provide emotional support to the patient and their loved ones.
The best possible hospice care requires more than medical care. The Social Worker assesses the patient’s and family’s emotional and financial needs, assists with end-of-life planning, develops plans of care, provides direct counseling, and arranges referrals to community agencies as necessary.
Hospice Care Volunteer
Hospice Care Volunteers give their time and talents to offer many benefits to patients and their loved ones, including companionship and support. They provide non-medical services and respite time for family, and they offer support at the time of death as well as during bereavement.
Treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit – includes helping to meet the spiritual needs of the patient and family. The Spiritual Counselor assesses the patient’s and family’s spiritual needs, develops a plan of care to meet identified needs, provides direct counseling, consults with community clergy, and provides bereavement support.
Support following the loss of a loved one is crucial. The Bereavement Counselor provides a pre-bereavement assessment, individual and group counseling, and a minimum of 13 months of bereavement support for the family following the loss of a loved one.
Care Center Leadership
While hospice care is delivered wherever a patient calls home, it is coordinated through one of our Hospice Care Centers. Care Center oversight is provided by a Director of Operations, whose responsibilities include: serving as a liaison between Care Center staff, patients, physicians and other health care providers, and ensuring that each patient and family receives top-quality hospice care and support.