Hospice services are provided by a team of healthcare professionals who focus on the “whole person” – physically, mentally and spiritually. This team is called the Interdisciplinary Team and is directed by the Hospice Physician in planning appropriate care for each patient individually.
Team members include:
* Hospice Physician who directs the plan of care for pain and symptom relief.
* Registered Nurse who visits weekly and manages the care of the patient.
* Medical Social Worker who provides emotional support and assistance with financial concerns.
* Spiritual Counselor who is available to discuss spiritual concerns of the patient or family.
* Certified Home Health Aide to provide personal care such as bathing, and other hygiene needs.
* Volunteer who visits patients and provides breaks for the family caregiver, as a companion or friend.
* Bereavement Counselor to offer grief support and education to the family members.
Medications, medical equipment and supplies that are related to the life-limiting diagnosis or required for symptom management are supplied and delivered.
The patient’s attending physician will be consulted regarding the plan of care and maintained as part of the hospice team.
The Hospice By The Sea Interdisciplinary Team provides care to the patients depending on the status of the patient under the four different levels of care: Routine, Respite (caregiver relief), Continuous Care (provided in the home setting) and Inpatient Care (provided in an acute hospital or skilled nursing facility setting).