YOUR HOSPICE TEAM

All Gilchrist patients receive care from an interdisciplinary, specially trained team of professionals and volunteers, under the guidance of a hospice medical director, who work in close cooperation with the patient, their family, and their personal physician and are available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.

The hospice team seeks the active involvement of patients and their families in making decisions regarding care and treatment, while at the same time supporting the patient and family emotionally, socially and spiritually.  

YOUR HOSPICE TEAM INCLUDES:

 

  • You and your loved ones
  • Your physician and/or Gilchrist Medical Director
  • Registered nurses
  • Certified hospice aides
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Volunteers
  • Grief counselors
  • Physical and occupational therapists and nutritionists, are available as needed
  • Music therapist, available as needed

 

THE ROLES OF YOUR HOSPICE TEAM:

 

You and your loved ones
You are the most important members of the hospice team and serve as its leaders. All of Gilchrist’s care is focused on and attuned to the choices made by the patient and family.

Your physician and/or Gilchrist Medical Director
Your personal physician may continue to care for you and work in collaboration with the hospice team, or you may chose to designate a hospice medical director as your primary physician.

Registered nurses
All of our nurses are specially-trained in providing end of life care and provide skilled care and support that is individual to each patient and aligned with the care goals of the patient and family. 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 the illness, while supporting both the patient and caregiver(s).

Certified hospice aides
Our aides will provide compassionate personal care that will take the stress out of everyday tasks (bathing, grooming, dressing, etc.) while, at the same time, helping our patients maintain their dignity and independence.

Social workers
Our social workers will provide support and counseling for patients, caregivers and other family members, as well as assistance in accessing resources, in making alternative living arrangements, in dealing with financial issues. Our social workers will also assist families in the preparation of Advance Directives and with funeral arrangements.

Chaplains
Our chaplains provide non-denominational spiritual support and counseling for our patients and loved ones that is based on families’ individual spiritual or religious beliefs, practices and needs. They will listen to concerns, and offer prayers, if desired; they will help families reflect on what they find most meaningful in their life; and they will offer support in healing relationships. Our hospice chaplains will also work with the patient/family’s personal clergy and congregation, if desired.

Volunteers
Our volunteers provide a variety of services for our patients and families, including offering companionship, providing respite for caregivers by sitting with patients so that they may take a break, listening and enjoying those things patients and families enjoy most, even running errands or performing light housekeeping tasks. Our End of Life Doulas, are specially-trained volunteers who will sit with the patient and/or family in the hours preceding death to ensure that no patient dies alone and that families have the support they need.

Grief counselors
After the death of a patient, our grief counselors are available to offer one-on-one counseling. Our masters-prepared counselors are also available to talk with family members through bridge visits prior to the death of a loved one. In addition to individual counseling, our grief services include support groups, workshops, memorial services and other offerings.

Your Gilchrist team may also include:

Therapeutic Care
Gilchrist also offers the services of physical and occupational therapists, as needed. In addition, our music therapist is available to ease our patients’ discomfort and improve their ability to communicate through the use of music in its many forms.

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