"Their staff is caring, comforting and concerned. They allow both residents and their families to be part of loving kindness during this special time of life." ~ Carol Brown, R.N., Supervisor St. Andrews Estates of Boca
Hospice care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. This Team, along with the patient's physician, works with the patient and family to develop an individual plan of care to manage the patient's symptoms and to meet the goals of the patient and family unit.
The Hospice team includes:
Physicians: The Hospice Medical Director and Associate Medical Directors are available to provide consultation to patients and/or the patient's Personal Physician. They work in conjunction with other team members to ensure patients' goals are being met, and are available to make home visits as needed.
Pharmacists: Hospice of Palm Beach County was the first hospice program in Florida to have its own pharmacy. The pharmacists review each patient's medications and discuss them with the Hospice Nurse and Physician.
Nurses: Registered Nurses are responsible for coordinating all services for patients. Direct nursing services include assessment, teaching, administering medications, evaluation of the disease process, emotional support for the patient and the family and other treatments as ordered by the Physician.
Certified Nursing Assistants: Certified Nursing Assistants are available as needed to provide personal care to the patient such as giving showers, baths, providing skin care and personal hygiene.
Medical Social Workers: Medical Social Workers, licensed by the State of Florida, assist patients and families by providing emotional support and assistance with advance directives, living wills, do not resuscitate and healthcare surrogate information.
Chaplains: Hospice Chaplains coordinate the spiritual aspect of the program. The goal is to provide pastoral care to meet the patient's spiritual needs, as requested by the patient and family.
Music Therapists: As a recognized health profession, Music therapy is the use of music-centered experiences between a credentialed professional and a patient to achieve his/her therapeutic goals.
Volunteers: Dedicated men and women are available to assist patients and families in a variety of ways, including staying with patients to provide respite for family members, running short errands for patients, or grocery shopping for the family.
Bereavement Counselors: Hospice Bereavement Counselors offer support designed to serve the needs of surviving family members.