What is a Hospice Team

Hospice care is the collaboration of a dedicated team of professionals who provide comprehensive end-of-life care to those with life-limiting illnesses. The hospice team comprises an interdisciplinary group of professionals who become an extension of the patient’s family or support network. They work together to meet the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families. Hospice care encourages the involvement of the patient’s family members in the plan of care. At Hospice of the West, your team includes:

  • Physicians/Medical Directors, who conduct home visits and work with the patient’s primary care physicians/specialists to provide a continuum of care.
  • Skilled Nurses/Case Managers, who attend scheduled visits with patients. They provide quality nursing care, pain and symptom management, and make arrangements for medications, medical equipment and supplies. The skilled nurse offers education on the diagnosis, disease process and prognosis.
  • Hospice Aides, who assist with the personal care needs of the patient, such as bathing and grooming.
  • Social Workers, who offer psychosocial support and assist with a multitude of areas, such as navigating through the healthcare system, legal and financial issues, mortuary planning, placement, mediation of family dynamics, coordination of additional community support and resources. The social worker provides education and guidance to help patients and families in end-of-life matters.
  • Chaplains who, if requested, offer spiritual support and provide reflective discussion of religion and faith. They assist in the discussion of spiritual concerns, connect family with their faith community and may assist in planning of the patient’s memorial service.
  • Volunteers, who offer their time and talents to provide conversation and/or companionship and support to patients and families in a variety of special activities or meaningful presence. They may assist with errands, light housekeeping and light meal preparation. They may also provide short respite breaks to the caregivers and family members.
  • Bereavement counselors offer grief support to caregivers and family members after the death of a patient. They can provide pre-bereavement support prior to a patient’s death if necessary and can provide one-on-one counseling and support groups, if desired.