About Hospice Care
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.
Among its major responsibilities, the interdisciplinary hospice team:
- 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.