Hospice Care Team


As part of the Residential family of companies, Residential Hospice is ready to provide expert medical care, emotional comfort, spiritual support and pain management to meet the needs of each patient.

The Residential Hospice Care Team, highly experienced and dedicated to caring for patients and their families, includes:

Hospice Nurses

Hospice nurses serve as a case managers and advocates for their patients, developing individualized care plans in conjunction with each patient’s physician. Their job is to monitor vital signs, manage medications, particularly for pain, and generally take care of the needs of each patient with compassion, dignity and support.

On-Staff Physicians

On-staff physicians oversee clinical aspects of hospice and palliative care, provide home visits to patients and skilled consultation to hospice staff, and actively participate in the interdisciplinary team approach.  Residential Hospice’s Medical Directors are board-certified in hospice and palliative care.

Social Workers

Medical social workers assess the emotional state of patients and families and ensure that they receive the services and support needed.  Hospice social workers are committed to supporting patients’ wishes and addressing their concerns, whether they are financial, emotional or ethical.

Spiritual Counselors

Spiritual care counselors support patients and families while identifying pre- and post-grief needs.  Hospice spiritual counselors are responsible for providing caring, non-denominational spiritual assistance to patients and their families.  This can be done either directly or in coordination with other spiritual advisors in the community, including patients’ clergy.

Hospice Aides

Hospice aides are trained to provide personal care to patients in their home environment. This care is based on individual patient needs and typically includes assistance with bathing and grooming, oral care, transferring and walking, and range of motion exercises. The hospice aide may educate family and other caregivers so families will feel comfortable providing day to day care for their loved one between aide visits.

Music, Massage & Aroma Therapists

Music, massage and aroma therapies treat and soothe patients’ minds, bodies and spirits to foster serenity and a sense of wellbeing.  These therapies also promote relaxation, help relieve mental stress and anxiety, and in the case of massage therapy, satisfy the need for caring, nurturing touch.

Volunteers

Volunteers play an important role at Residential Hospice, providing a wide range of support services that make a world of difference for patients and caregivers including companionship, respite care and support, bereavement support, administrative assistance, and participation in quilting projects and other creative expression to support patients and their families.

Pharmacists

Hospice and palliative care pharmacists assess the appropriateness of medication orders and ensure timely provision of medications for symptom control, counsel and educate the hospice team about medication therapy, and help ensure that patients and caregivers understand and follow the directions provided with their medications.

Dedicated, After-Hours Team

On call and ready, Residential Hospice nurses are available 24/7 to respond to patients’ individual needs.  Nurses and aides are also available to serve patients and families on the weekends.

Bereavement Coordinators

Grief in anticipation or following the death of a loved one is a normal, healthy and necessary process.  Bereavement coordinators offer comprehensive bereavement support to families and friends through individual and group grief counseling, an annual memorial service, regular mailings with information about grief and recommendations for community resources, and referrals for professional counseling.