The primary care physician remains an important part of the patient’s care. With their input, the hospice medical director and the hospice team will coordinate care.
Manage patient’s symptoms, provide education to patients and caregivers and coordinate care with the rest of the hospice team.
Conduct psycho-social assessments and provide counseling, education and other skilled interventions to enhance patient and family coping.
Offer spiritual care in accordance with the wishes of the patient and family, often coordinating with the patient’s clergy or religious leader.
Grief and Bereavement Counselors
Grief and Bereavement counselors help counsel and support family members throughout the patient’s illness and for 13 months following the patient’s death.
Hospice aides provide personal care under the direction of a registered nurse. Care includes assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, hair and mouth care.
Provide companionship and a calming presence to the patient. They may also offer short periods of respite to the caregiver to allow them to run an errand or keep an appointment.
Additional Team members are Dietitians, Pharmacists, Physical, Speech and Occupational therapists.