At Compassus, care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals who are skilled at serving people with life-limiting illnesses. Our team members work together to meet the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each person’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control.
Your hospice team includes:
- You and your family
- Your doctor
- Hospice medical director
- Nurse assistants and home hospice aides
- Social worker
- Bereavement coordinators
Exceptional hospice care starts with listening to you, your family, and your doctor. Our Medical Director works hand-in-hand with your doctor to ensure we understand your needs at each step in the hospice journey.
The Medical Director has overall medical responsibility for your hospice care, working with your physician and other medical professionals to develop a care plan. The Medical Director oversees the entire team, as well as the protocol for pain and symptom management.
Members of our nursing team are important patient advocates and the most accessible members of the care team. A charge nurse will be responsible for your overall care and managing your needs. Nurses visit the patient as often as necessary and make arrangements for medication and equipment. They also provide support and valuable information to family members on how to care for their loved one.
Nurse assistants and hospice aides assist with day-to-day personal care, such as bathing and grooming. With regular visits, they also become a source of comfort, emotional support and companionship for patients and their families.
Our team of social workers lends support with non-medical concerns, such as legal and financial issues, access to community resources and future planning. They also address social and psychological needs by providing comfort and support to patients and family members who are dealing with stressful issues related to a life-limiting illness.
Our nondenominational chaplains offer spiritual support directly or in collaboration with the patient’s and family’s clergy or spiritual counselor. Our chaplains honor the diversity in religious beliefs and backgrounds of our patients.
Bereavement support is offered by our team to address the phases of grief and acceptance. Support is offered to families for at least one year after the patient has died. Compassus also helps with funeral arrangements and can help guide family members through other issues necessary to address after death.
Our compassionate and highly trained volunteers are giving of their time and talents and help in many ways from offering companionship and grief counseling to running errands.