Many features of hospice care set it apart from other types of health care.
- A team of professionals – Our interdisciplinary health care team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, chaplains, and trained volunteers care for you and your family. Each of these people offers support based on their special areas of expertise. You may also choose to continue with your own primary care physician, if he/she agrees.
- Pain and symptom control – The goal of pain and symptom control is to help you be comfortable while allowing you to stay in control of and enjoy your life.
- Spiritual Care – Since people differ in their spiritual needs and religious beliefs, spiritual care is set up to meet your specific needs. It may include helping you look at what death means to you, helping you say good-bye, or helping with a certain religious ceremony or ritual.
- Grief support – The hospice care team works with surviving loved ones to help them through the grieving process. These services include phone calls, home visits, support groups, memorial services, and mailings of grief support literature.
- Trained volunteers – Volunteers may be health professionals, or lay people who provide services such as hands-on care, help with household chores and a break for family caregivers.
- Medical Equipment, medications and supplies – Items required to provide comfort and manage symptoms for the patient’s hospice-related illness will be included in our hospice plan of care and patients may also continue with their current medications of they choose.