The Hospice Team
Who is the Hospice Team?
Hospice care is a family-centered approach that includes, at a minimum, a team of doctors, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, spiritual counselors, and trained volunteers. They work together focusing on the patient’s needs: physical, psychological and spiritual. The goal is to help keep the patient as pain-free as possible, with loved ones nearby throughout the course of care. The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient's individual needs for pain management and symptom control.
Though the Hospice Medical Director becomes the primary physician responsible for the plan of care, we work closely with the patient’s physician to be an active member of the care team. Both the patient's physician and the hospice medical director may work together to coordinate the patient's medical care, especially when symptoms are difficult to manage. The hospice medical director is always available to answer questions you or the patient may have regarding hospice medical care.
Hospice care is managed by an Interdisciplinary Team of professionals that will tailor a plan specific to the patient’s goals for comfort and care:
• Hospice physician (or Medical Director)
• The patients personal physician
• Hospice Aides
• Social Workers
• Clergy or other counselors
• Trained Volunteers
• Speech, physical, and occupational therapists if needed