The Alternative Hospice professionals function as an interdisciplinary team with a coordinated plan of care. Regular team meetings and frequent communications among clinical staff and the physician ensure that patient and family goals are continuously being met.
Hospice Medical Director
Works with the attending physician and the hospice team to direct the plan of care.
Educates patients and families about disease progression, use of medications, daily care needs, and other aspects of the overall plan of care. Assesses pain, symptoms, nutritional status, and ensures that the patient is safe in the home/facility.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Helps patients with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and eating. Assist with proper positioning, ambulation and help maintain a clean and orderly environment as well as education to the primary caregiver on how to care for their loved one.
Licensed Social Worker
Support the emotional, social, spiritual and financial needs of the family and patient. Help navigate health systems and benefits, end-of-life planning, and coordinate community resources as necessary.
Chaplain / Ordained Minister
Ensure that patient and family religious or spiritual beliefs and practices are respected by the hospice team. Our chaplain team offers education and spiritual support and grief counseling to patients and families of any religious or non-religious preference.
Complementary services are integrated with conventional medicine and are beneficial in achieving optimal patient goals. Examples would be: massage, aromatherapy, energy work, music therapy, visualization, guided imagery, prayer and meditations.
Offer non-medical assistance, respite care or companionship to the patient and family. Many of our volunteers are qualified in complementary therapies.
– Additional disciplines, such as nutritional counseling, physical, occupational and speech therapy may be provided on a case-by-case basis if and when appropriate.