In many cases, family members or loved ones are the patient's primary care givers. As a relationship with the hospice begins, hospice staff will want to know how best to support the person and family during this time.
Support can include conversations with the person and family members, teaching caregiving skills, prayer, telephone calls to loved ones, including family members who live at a distance and companionship and help from volunteers.
Counseling or grief support for the patient and loved ones are an important part of hospice care. After the person's death, bereavement support is offered to families for at least one year.
These services can take a variety of forms, including telephone calls, visits, written materials about grieving, and support groups. Individual counseling may be offered by the hospice or the hospice may make a referral to a community resource.
The team usually consists of:
Home health aides
Among its major responsibilities, the interdisciplinary hospice team:
Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms;
Provides emotional support;
Provides needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment;
Coaches loved ones on how to care for the patient;
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; and
Provides grief support to surviving loved ones and friends.
Our Executive Team
Elder Care Management