The Hospice Care Team
The hospice care team is a special group of healthcare professionals who focus on patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Generally, the team includes a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker, volunteer, chaplain, and bereavement specialist.
For after-hours needs, VITAS provides Telecare, which is 24-hour telephone access to hospice clinicians who can answer questions, support caregivers over the phone or dispatch a team member to the bedside, if needed.
A Day in the Life of a Hospice Physician“My job is make the end of someone’s life comfortable both spiritually and physically," says VITAS physician Steven P. Kanner, MD. "Death is a process everybody on earth has to go through. Everyone deserves to die well. My job is to make sure that happens.”
A Day in the Life of a Hospice NurseHospice nurses like Yanet of VITAS play a very important role in the lives of their patients. They ensure that as the end nears, the patient will be comfortable and maintain dignity.
A Day in the Life of a Hospice Social WorkerAs a social worker of the inpatient hospice team, Judy of VITAS takes care of the logistics as patients near the end of life.
What do Hospice Social Workers Do?In hospice, a licensed medical social worker (LMSW) has special training in end-of-life care. Hospice social workers may help a family fill out medical paperwork, or arrange services.
How VITAS Can Help
With 40 years of leadership in hospice and palliative care, VITAS offers:
- Personalized care plans by patient's diagnosis
- Interdisciplinary care teams
- Therapy, emotional and pastoral support
- Grief and bereavement services
Call VITAS to learn how we can help you.Call VITAS at 800.582.9533