Meet Your Hospice Caregivers
Physicians – Your physician and the Hospice medical director will work together to create a plan for managing your care, including any conditions that relate to your illness. If you do not have a physician, the Hospice medical director will meet your needs.
Registered Nurses – Hospice nurses specialize in care that minimizes pain and provides comfort to the patient. An RN may visit daily or weekly, depending on the circumstances. Reassuring to many patients and families is the availability of the RN, who is on call 24-hours per day, 7 days per week.
Social Worker – The stress and uncertainty that surrounds a terminal illness can create emotional difficulties. When need be, a social worker will provide counseling services to the patient and/or family as often as is necessary. A social worker can also assist the patient and/or family with advanced directives and financial matters.
Home Health Aide – Bathing, massage, skin care, and personal care are provided by a qualified aide and may occur 2 or 3 times per week. They can also provide the family with respite time and support.
Spiritual Counselor – Families who request spiritual care may receive visits from their own clergy or a spiritual counselor provided by Hospice.
Volunteers – Members of the community with special Hospice training are available to provide social and emotional support to the family. They may run errands, help with household tasks, spend time with patients while family members take a break from the home, or simply provide listening and companionship.
Additional Team Members – A variety of additional team members also assist the patient and family, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietary counselors, and others. If a need is identified that would provide comfort to the patient or family, Hospice proactively seeks to meet that need with qualified providers.