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The Medical Director works with the patient’s personal Physician. Working with our team of hospice professionals they help develop a treatment plan that is best suited for the patient to help control pain and manage symptoms.
Chaplains provide direct spiritual and bereavement support and counseling to patients and families, caregivers hospice staff, and volunteers as needed, acknowledging and respecting their beliefs, culture and values related to life’s meaning including suffering and loss and a desire to receive support.
Volunteers provide compassionate support when patients and families need it most and provide crucial assistance with administrative support, community outreach, fundraising and special projects. Services include visiting patients, assistance with enjoyable activities, helping with errands, and providing a break for caregivers.
The Hospice Nurse makes regularly scheduled visits to the patient providing expert pain management and symptom control. Throughout the time that the patient is under the care of hospice, the nurse keeps the hospice medical director and primary physician informed of the patient’s condition. Nurses provide the complete spectrum of skilled nursing care and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A hospice social worker assists patients living with terminal conditions. They arrange for care to enhance the patient’s qualify of life and counsel patients and their families and care givers as they adjust to the diagnosis. The social workers remain with the patient from beginning to end, easing some of the family’s burden by handling the day-to-day details of the patient and family’s care. Other needs addressed range from helping families communicate with insurance carriers, financial institutions, planning memorial or funeral services, and completing legal documents.
Therapies addressing the patient’s physical, occupational, speech or dietary therapeutic needs are available to the patient whenever they may be required to manage pain or symptoms related to the terminal condition. These therapies often require a physician’s order. Our nurses will coordinate with the physician to help obtain these orders.
Hospice Aides care for the patient’s unique personal needs providing personal care, including bathing, dressing, and grooming, changing bed linens, light housekeeping, and much more.They also provide companionship and emotional support to the patient and family.
Bereavement Support is provided to the surviving family members, friends. And care givers to assist them in finding healthy outlets for the emotional needs that can often accompany the loss of their loved one. Emerald Hospice maintains contact with family members on a regular basis for over a year following the patient’s death.
Medical Supplies, Equipment & Prescriptions
Medical supplies, equipment and prescriptions related to the patient’s terminal condition are covered by Emerald Hospice. Our trained nursing staff will assess the need for these items and coordinate there delivery.