The collaborative Santé Hospice team includes a wide range of specialties and expertise, including:
- Attending Physician:
The attending physician is a key member of the hospice team, assuming responsibility for medical management of the patient’s treatment throughout their involvement in the hospice program.
- Hospice Medical Director:
Our medical director works closely with your personal physician and staff, providing the expertise and perspective of hospice care.
- Clinical Director:
Our Clinical Director is a registered nurse who is responsible for managing and coordinating the care between the patient and the interdisciplinary team (IDT). He/she makes certain that the plan of care for each patient is unique, individualized and interdisciplinary. He/she is often the most accessible by phone and coordinates the physician’s orders with the other team members who will carry them out.
- Registered Nurse (RN):
Our hospice nurse visits the patient wherever they reside. The number of visits depends on the needs of the patient, providing direct care to the patient and keeping the personal physician informed and updated about the patient’s condition. Our nurse also teaches the family and/or other caregivers how to care for the patient.
- Social Worker (MSW):
Our social worker provides direct support and counseling for the patient, family members and caregivers. The social worker (MSW) also serves as the primary contact to help the patient and family access community resources.
- Home Health Aides/Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA):
Our aides and assistants provide personal care such as bathing and grooming, under the direction of the RN, as well as assistance with other activities of daily living. The frequency of aide visits is based on the needs of the patient and the caregiver, and will be adjusted accordingly throughout the entire admission.
- Hospice Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator:
The chaplain is available to help the patient and family members with spiritual and religious matters. He/she is non-denominational, and can serve as liaison to the family’s clergyman.
Hospice volunteers may provide emotional support and companionship to patients and their families. They can also provide respite for caregivers and family members involved in the patient’s care.
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