The hospice doctor (and possibly the patient’s personal doctor) along with a case manager, typically a registered nurse, work together to provide comfort care which is designed to alleviate physical pain and symptoms. Certified nursing aides (CNA) and home health aides (HHA) visit multiple times a week and assist with more routine needs such as bathing and dressing, serving meals and helping patients to eat, turning or repositioning patients who are bedridden and many other tasks. A social worker, chaplain and volunteers work to provide social, emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and their family.
Related: Accredited Healthcare of America provides four levels of care to meet the needs of patients and their families.
The interdisciplinary hospice team:
- Develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control
- Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms according to their care plan
- Assists the patient and family with the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying
- Provides needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment
- Coaches the family on how to care for the patient
- Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed
- Assists in arrangement of short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time
- Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends
Related: Blog: Understanding Hospice
Where is hospice care provided?
We provide hospice care services wherever people with life-limiting illness reside and could benefit from our care, including:
- patient’s home
- nursing homes
- other long-term care facilities
- freestanding hospice centers