HOSPICE SERVICES AND THE INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM
Hospice uses a "team approach" to providing health care. The patient and family make up the first part of the Team. The patient and family help to make decisions about the care they need, want and will (or will not) accept. Because the patient and family are part of the Interdisciplinary Team and are also recipients of the care services, the most important first step in hospice is to properly inform the patient and family about all services which may be provided. The proper informing of the patient and family is called "Informed Consent" and must be given in writing and explained so that the patient and family understand the scope of services which may be provided.
Hospice services are provided to you by members of the Hospice
Interdisciplinary Team. The Team is made up of Nurses (Registered
Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Home Health Aides), Home
Service Aides, Medical Social Workers, Chaplains, Counselors,
Dietitians, Therapists, Volunteers, Hospice Medical Director
(supervision of your medical care), Pharmacists (supervision of
The actual level of care your loved one receives depends upon
his or her condition. As your loved one's condition changes,
the level of care must change if needed to meet your loved
one's and the family's needs.
If you have questions about hospice, we hope that you will take the time to visit the hundreds of pages at our website, read our Guide to Hospice Care and visit our resources and links section (with hundreds of vital resources listed).
Hospice Patients Alliance affirms that all human life is
inherently valuable and that the role of hospice nurses,
physicians and all other staff is to alleviate suffering and
provide comfort for the sick and dying without sanctioning or
assisting their suicide. A death with dignity allows for a
natural death in its own time, while doing everything possible to
assure relief from distressing symptoms. Hospice Patients
Alliance works hard to promote quality hospice care throughout
the USA. If you would like to support our mission, we hope you
wille consider supporting our mission through a donation.
Hospice Patients Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit
corporation and your donations are deductible to the full extent
allowed by law.
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