A registered nurse assesses the patient’s condition, and engages the patient and family in decision-making to develop a plan of care around the needs and wishes of the patient. Social workers address the psychosocial and emotional needs of the family unit and provide case management to link families with additional programs and services that help improve quality of life and alleviate the stress caused by providing care. Nurses continue to assess the patient’s condition through regular visits and direct care staff assist with bathing, personal grooming and other needs. The Chaplin is available to provide spiritual care and support. The patient and family may also request volunteers who can assist the patient and caregiver when needed.
All visits, care and services are provided at the direction of the patient and family and can be adapted as needs change. Hospice is dedicated to providing exceptional care in a manner sensitive to the needs, wishes and beliefs of all involved. Hospice is here to help, whatever the need may be.