Hospice & Palliative Care Team
Our goal is to help keep your loved one as pain-free as possible, with family and friends nearby until passing. The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each person’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control.
The team usually consists of:
- Clergy or other counselors
- Home health aides
- Hospice physician (or medical director)
- Social workers
- Trained volunteers
- Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
- The person’s personal physician may also be included.
- Manages the person’s pain and symptoms
- Provides emotional support
- Provides needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment
- Coaches loved ones on how to care for the person
- Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed
- Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time
- Provides grief support to surviving loved ones and friends.
Support can include conversations with the person and family members, teaching caregiving skills, prayer, telephone calls to loved ones, including family members who live at a distance and companionship and help from volunteers.
Counseling or grief support for the person and loved ones are an important part of hospice care. After the person’s death, bereavement support is offered to families for at least one year.
These services can take a variety of forms, including telephone calls, visits, written materials about grieving, and support groups. Individual counseling may be offered by the hospice or the hospice may make a referral to a community resource.
In addition, Soreo Hospice & Palliative Care offers bereavement support to the the families of hospice and to the Tucson community in general, using materials offered through GriefShare.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.