Primary Care Physician: The patient's
attending physician works in conjunction with the Hospice staff for the benefit of the patient.
Hospice Medical Director: As a member of the Interdisciplinary Team, this physician
reviews the patient's Plan of Care and is available for consultation regarding the medical
management of the patient's care.
Primary Care Nurse: A registered nurse, as
a member of the Interdisciplinary Team coordinates hospice services for the patient and provides
skilled nursing care. This person also teaches and supports the family regarding care of their loved
Personal Care Provider: This may be an R.N., L.P.N., C.N.A. or a Nursing
Assistant, providing personal care for the patient as appropriate for his/her comfort.
Family Services Coordinator: The role of this member of the
team is to support patients and care givers as they face the emotional stress associated with
life-threatening illness. He/She also helps families to connect with community resources.
Pastoral Care Provider: Upon request, this person visits the patient and family to
explore issues regarding the process of living and dying. It is often possible to include the patient/family's own spiritual
advisor as a member of the hospice team.
Hospice Friend: A volunteer and member of the Interdisciplinary
Team who visits on a regular or intermittent basis to provide emotional support and
assistance to the patient and family.
A comprehensive program of supportive services offered
to the patient's family during the first year following their loss. The program is individualized
based upon the family's expressed needs.
The goal is to provide temporary relief for the patient's family, or other
care givers in the event of an unforeseen emergency or to relieve the caregiver or family of some of the daily
demands of care for the patient.
InPatient Acute Services:
These include short periods of stay in a hospital when pain and symptoms
of the terminal illness require intense management. Hospice of the Plains, Inc. maintains
contracts with all area hospitals.