You and your loved ones are supported by a dedicated team of professionals who work with you to help manage the pain and symptoms associated with your illness, and provide personal, respectful care and assistance. This includes emotional and spiritual support. We also will teach you and your family about your disease and what to expect in future stages, as well as about your medicines and ways to increase your comfort.
In addition to your own primary physician, Community Hospice team members may include:
Our physicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) have extensive training in pain and symptom management, and the emotional concerns associated with end-of-life care. They oversee the plan of care, prescribe medications and consult regularly with other members of the team.
You will be assigned a primary nurse, who is a registered nurse responsible for managing the plan of care and leading your care team. Your nurse will provide compassionate and skilled nursing care, working closely with you and our medical staff to manage your pain and symptoms, individualize your plan of care, and inform and support your loved ones. Other registered nurses and licensed practical nurses may assist your primary nurse with your care.
Experienced psychosocial professionals will nurture and care for you and your loved ones’ emotional and grief needs throughout all stages of the illness. They also will be available to provide counseling and assistance to address your social and economic needs, assist with nursing home or respite placement, if needed, as well as discuss advance directives.
Hospice Aides (Certified Nursing Assistants - CNAs)
Our hospice aides are certified professionals and have specialized training in end-of-life care. They can provide added comfort by assisting with personal care needs, including bathing, feeding and changing bed linens.
Community Hospice chaplains are available at your request to provide spiritual support and to connect with your own faith community if you wish. Our chaplains take a non-denominational approach to providing spiritual support, without imposing their own personal religious beliefs or practices on those they support.
Chaplains are available to visit you upon request, provide or arrange for rituals from your faith tradition, or assist you with conducting funeral or memorial services. To arrange for a chaplain visit, please speak to your nurse or psychosocial specialist.
Community Hospice offers an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program. Learn more about the program and how to apply.
Community Hospice volunteers can play an important role in helping you and your family during this time. Volunteers are available to provide companionship and assistance to you and your family by running errands, giving your caregiver a break during the day or simply being there to listen.
Spiritual care volunteers are available to pray with and for a patient, read from any religious book of the patient’s choosing, and be supportive of the patient’s faith. Other specialized volunteers can provide complementary services, such as gentle touch, hand massage and pet therapy.
All Community Hospice volunteers are carefully selected, screened and trained to assure quality support. You and any of your loved ones or family caregivers may call your nurse or psychosocial specialist to request a volunteer.