SERVICES

NURSING CARE

In consultation with the hospice physician, a registered nurse will set up a plan of care. Nursing care may involve administering medication, monitoring the condition of patient, controlling pain, and providing other health support.

24-HOUR CARE OR ON-CALL CARE

Hospice care teams are usually available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visits or phone consultations can often be made any time of day.

MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICES

Medical social workers provide various services to the patient, including counseling and locating community resources to help the patient and his or her family.

 

 

 

 

 

HOSPICE INPATIENT CARE

At times, it may become necessary to move the hospice patient from the home to a hospital or other care facility. The hospice can arrange this care and then resume hospice care when appropriate.

VOLUNTEER CARE

Volunteers are often part of hospice care teams, providing services ranging from companionship to carpooling. Volunteers often fill in the gaps for families dealing with a terminal illness and provide support for both the patient and the family.

PHYSICIAN SERVICES

The physician plays an important role in determining the plan of care with the hospice care team.

PHYSICAL, OCCUPATIONAL, and/or SPEECH THERAPY

As a terminal illness progresses, the patient may lose his or her ability to accomplish basic daily tasks such as dressing or feeding. Physical, occupational, and/or speech therapists can work with the patient to find new ways to accomplish lost functions.

 

SPIRITUAL SERVICES

Depending on the patient's religious or spiritual beliefs, hospice care can include support from clergy or other spiritual counselors for the patient and the family.

RESPITE CARE

Caring for a terminally ill patient 24 hours a day can be exhausting for a family. Respite care gives the family a much-needed break by arranging for a brief in-patient stay for the patient, or extra services in the home.

HOME CARE AIDE

Home health aides can help the patient with his or her basic personal needs such as getting out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Some aides have received specialized training to assist with more specialized care under supervision of a nurse.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Care for the family does not end with the death of a patient. The hospice care team works with the surviving family members to help them cope with the grieving process. Bereavement support may include counseling, support groups, or medical referrals.

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