Focusing on the comfort of the patient, rather than on the disease or its treatment, hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice strives to bring conclusion and acceptance to a person’s life process. The team provides support for the patient, the patients’ family and extended family.
The team and hospice medical director serve as a communication link between the patient, the family, and attending physician.
Hospice may also call in specialists such as a dietitian or a therapist to meet the specialized needs of a dying person.
The Hospice Medical Team
Medical Director and Nurse Practitioner
- Oversee the physical needs, treatment, and progression of the patient’s diagnosis
- Approves pain control and symptom management measures
- On-call to help in emergent situations
- Makes regularly scheduled visits to the patient
- Keeps the medical director, nurse practitioner, and/or primary physician informed of patient’s condition
- Provides complete spectrum of skilled nursing care
- Provides expert pain control and symptom management techniques
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
- Provides care for the activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing
- May assist with activities such as writing notes or organizing belongings
- Escorting patient on walks or outdoor leisure
Medication, Equipment, & Supplies
- All diagnosis-related medications
- Pain control and symptom management measures
- Medical equipment helpful to controlling symptoms
- Supplies useful for helping treat the symptoms and needs of patient