The physician closely monitors the progression of the patient’s illness, prescribes appropriate medications and coordinates care with other members of the team.
The hospice nurse is skilled in assessing and managing pain and other symptoms. A nurse may also help with personal care.
Hospice aides provide personal care to the patient. They are also the “eyes and ears” for the rest of the hospice team.
The social worker acts as a friendly and skilled listener and provides emotional support.
The hospice volunteer can bring music or a Paw Pals animal companion, and spends quality time with the patient and family.
The chaplain ministers to the spiritual needs of patients and families of all faiths, and can work with their clergy.
The bereavement specialist provides grief and loss support to the patient's loved ones.