The Hospice Team
Hospice care is provided by means of an interdisciplinary and medically directed team. The Hospice team consists of different disciplines, including a physician, a nurse, a home health aide, a social worker, a spiritual counselor, and a volunteer. The team manages overall patient care and perform periodic in home visits.
Together, they develop a comprehensive care plan that is patient-specific, that addresses the medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their family members. The number of the visits that patients will receive from members of the Hospice Interdisciplinary team will vary depending on the specific needs of the patient, changes in condition, and the hospice ‘Level of Care’.
The hospice physician leads and overlooks the medical component of patient care, often together with the patient’s primary care physician. The hospice physician reviews medications implement care plans and provide medical consulting and direction to other members of the hospice team.
Hospice nurses compose the larger part of the visits that patients receive during hospice care. Nurses ultimately serve as the eyes and ears of the hospice agency in the field and report their findings to the hospice physician. Their duties include monitoring changes in patients’ condition, pain and symptom management, medication review, caregiver/family teaching, and ensuring that patient and family needs are met.
Home Health Aides
Home Health Aides provide support with the personal care of patients. The care provided focuses on overall hygiene and assistance with activities such as bathing, feeding, shaving, walking, etc.
Hospice social workers provide assistance through counseling and focus on emotional/psychological support. They may assist by providing community resources, explaining insurance benefits, facility placement, advanced directives, end of life planning, funeral arrangements, and assist with bereavement and grief support.
Spiritual Counselors provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and families members. They ensure that patients have the spiritual support that they need often provide a bridge between themselves and the religious community.
Hospice volunteers assist patients and family members by providing companionship to patients, and may provide assistance in instances where the family may need a brief respite to run errands or tend to other appointments.
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