Our hospice nurses provide direct care to hospice patients. Their goal is to keep patients as comfortable and pain-free as possible. They provide wound care, document vital signs and keep an eye on changes in the patient’s well-being.
In the hospice setting, our physical therapist’s role is focused on reducing pain and helping patients maintain physical abilities as long as possible. They will also help with identifying positions that reduce pressure sores and aid in digestion and breathing.
Our occupational therapists take a holistic approach to treating patients. They may assess daily activities and eating and sleeping habits to make recommendations on how to manage symptoms and implement strategies to maximize a patient’s safety and quality of life.
Speech therapists working in hospice care are often focused on helping a patient continue eating orally and/or communicate. Since rehabilitation isn’t typically the goal at this point, our therapists may recommend strategies to compensate for deteriorating skills.
In hospice care, our social workers assist patients in determining and carrying out their end-of-life wishes. They are advocates for patients and work with families to locate additional public programs, if needed. They may also provide emotional support and counseling.
Our hospice aides work with the skilled nursing staff to track changes in the patient’s condition. They will also provide assistance with personal hygiene tasks, toileting, dressing and positioning.
The passing of a loved one can bring on a variety of emotions including grief, sadness, relief, loneliness and more. There’s no right or wrong way to feel or grieve. Part of our hospice offering includes bereavement and chaplain services to assist you in your grieving process.