The hospice team consists of an interdisciplinary and specially trained team of professionals and volunteers who work together under the guidance of a hospice medical director. Your loved one will receive care from a team seeking the active involvement of you, as well as their personal physician, in making decisions regarding care and treatment. Also, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
Your Hospice Team Includes:
Your loved one’s personal physician may continue to provide care in collaboration with the hospice team. Or you may instead choose to designate a hospice medical director or nurse practitioner as your primary clinician.
All of our nurses are specially trained in providing end-of-life
care. Nurses provide skilled care and support tailored to your
loved one’s goals and needs. Also, the hospice nurse is the case
manager, and will provide education and hands-on-care, as well as options to manage pain and other symptoms of illness, while supporting your family.
Our aides provide compassionate personal care to take the stress out of everyday tasks (e.g., bathing, dressing, etc.) while helping your loved one maintain dignity and independence.
Our social workers provide support and counseling for you and your family, as well as assistance in accessing resources, making alternative living arrangements and dealing with financial issues. Our social workers will also assist in the preparation of Advance Directives and with funeral arrangements.
Our chaplains provide non-denominational spiritual support and counseling for you and your loved one that is based on your spiritual or religious beliefs, practices and needs. They will listen to concerns and offer prayers, if requested. Chaplains can help your family reflect on what is most meaningful in your lives and offer support in healing relationships. Our hospice chaplains will also work with your personal clergy and congregation, if desired.
Our volunteers provide a variety of services, including
companionship, respite for caregivers or errands.
Our end-of-life doulas are specially trained to sit bedside with your family in the hours preceding death to ensure you have the support you need and that no one dies alone.
Our child life specialist is uniquely attuned to the individual social and emotional needs of children and will work to help them sort out their feelings, most often through play and imagination. The child life specialist also works with siblings and other young family members impacted by a child’s illness and impending death.
In addition to the team members above, your Gilchrist Hospice Care team may include physical, occupational and music therapists.