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Services
Services are provided by nurses and other health care professionals within the hospice program. A hospice team member is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a problem should arise, the team member may offer advice over the phone and, if warranted, make a visit. Services provided by the hospice care team includes:

Nursing Care

Description: Registered nurses coordinates care for every patient, provide direct patient care, monitor medications and check symptoms. The nurse maintains communication with the physician as the patient's condition and treatment changes warrants.

Medical Social Services

Description: The social worker evaluates the family dynamics and acts as an advocate for the patient and family in making use of community resources. The social worker also provides advice and counseling to the patient and family members during the crisis period while providing feedback to the hospice team on recommended changes.

Physician Services

Description: The patient's physician approves the plan of care and works closely with the hospice team. A hospice medical director is available to the attending physician, the patient, and the hospice care team as a consultant and a resource.

Spiritual Counseling

Description: Spiritual Counselors are available to visit and provide support to the terminally ill. The Spiritual Counselor also coordinates support with the patient's personal clergy when desired. This program also use churches and congregations to aid the patient and family as requested.

Bereavement Support

Description: Bereavement is the time of mourning that we all experience following a loss. The hospice care team works with the surviving family members to help them with the grieving process. Support may include a trained volunteer or counselor visiting the family at specific periods during the first year, or phone calls and/or letter contact and the opportunity for family members to participate in support groups.

Certified Nurses Aide Services

Description: Certified Nurses Aides provide personal care for the patient, such as bathing, shampooing, shaving, and nail care. Certified Nurse Aides also provide valuable feedback to the Team regarding their observation and the patient's needs.

Volunteers

Description: Volunteers are trained in good listening skills and provide compassionate support for both patient and family. They offer companionship and help with everyday tasks such as shopping, sitting, and other tasks which help maintain the family's routine. Volunteer services may also include professional and personal care services.

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies

Description: Daily living tasks such as walking, dressing, or feeding oneself can become challenging during an illness. Therapists help the patient develop new ways to accomplish these task. 

 
The Voice

"The gift of hospice is its capacity to help families see how much can be shared at the end of life. It is no wonder that many families can look back upon their hospice experience with gratitude."

Naomi Naierman, CEO AHF

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