How does Hospice Care work?
➤ The patient’ s personal physician
➤ Hospice physician (or medical director)
➤ Home Health Aides
➤ Social Workers
➤ Clergy or other counselors
➤ Trained Volunteers
➤ Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
❥ Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms
❥ Assists the patient with the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying
❥ Provides needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment
❥ Coaches the family on how to care for the patient
❥ Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed
❥ Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time
❥ Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family