Who is on the Hospice Team?
An interdisciplinary team works with the patient and family.
Nurses perform medical care procedures such as placing and maintaining catheters, wound care and blood draws. Nurses also instruct caregivers in skills needed to care for their loved one, such as routine dressing changes, administering medication, providing comfort care, and so forth. Nurses consult with the patient's physician about treatment, and commonly serve as the care team leader. Social workers work closely with patients, families and caregivers to create and maintain a supportive care setting. They are available to help patients and families deal with personal, financial, emotional and care planning issues that arise.
Occupational therapists and physical therapy services help maximize the independence, quality of life and safety of patient and family. Speech therapists can help the patient to communicate, even if he or she cannot speak.
Home health aides are trained nursing assistants who provide personal care to the patient. They help the patient and family with activities of daily living, such as grooming, bathing, changing bed linens and skin care. Aides work closely with nurses and other hospice team members.
Homemakers They help the patient and family with housekeeping.
Chaplains and other counselors are available to help with the spiritual concerns of both patient and family, who may be struggling with end of life issues and concerns. They also offer bereavement counseling.
Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds provide many indispensable services for hospices.
All services are provided under the direction of a physician and / or Absolute Compassion Hospice Medical Director.