At Ohio’s Hospice and its affiliates, the interdisciplinary care teams are designed to care for all of a patient’s needs — physical, emotional and spiritual. The care team works together in communication with patients and their families to provide superior care and superior services.
Physicians address each patient’s needs to manage symptoms and find personalized care for them. Hospice-certified physicians work with the patient’s primary care physician to manage illness and pain.
Nurses provide direct care to patients, help to control symptoms, and provide education to patients and their families. Hospice nurses also may have additional certification in hospice and palliative care.
Personal care specialists help to improve the quality of life for patients by aiding patients with dressing, bathing, meal preparation and eating, light housekeeping, and more.
Social workers work with patients and families to connect them with resources for education and quality of life. As part of the interdisciplinary care team, social workers help to address the emotional impact of the end of life. They also coordinate Veteran benefits, insurance, and Veteran recognition ceremonies.
Chaplains deliver spiritual support to patients with respect to each patient’s personal beliefs. Ohio’s Hospice chaplains join with local clergy to reinforce spiritual and religious traditions, honoring the faith of each patient.
Bereavement counseling professionals assess the needs of each individual and family and help them navigate the grief process and cope with the many changes loss brings. At each Ohio’s Hospice affiliate, bereavement counseling professionals provide in-person and virtual, one-on-one and group sessions to provide services to all in the community who seek them.
Volunteers provide companionship to patients, relief for caregivers, run errands for families, deliver supplies, and assist in a variety of ways to enhance quality of life for patients.
For more information about hospice care, please contact your local Ohio’s Hospice affiliate.