Hospice of Mercy offers in-home hospice care designed for those who wish to remain in their homes at the end of life. Members of the hospice team will visit your home to make sure you are comfortable and well cared for. You and your family will help plan the kind of care you receive and will play a vital role in communicating your needs, concerns or questions to the members of the hospice team. To provide the best quality of care, we provide our hospice patients with a comprehensive team to best meet their needs. Hospice of Mercy team members include:
Your Physician -
Your primary physician will continue to provide medical care and will work with the hospice team in providing your comfort care.
Medical Director -
The hospice Medical Director works with your physician as an additional resource for your comfort. The Medical Director oversees the ongoing review of your need for hospice care. If necessary, the Medical Director may offer consultation to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that supports your goals.
Registered Nurse -
The hospice nurse will work closely with your physician ensuring you are as physically comfortable as possible. Helping with pain and other symptoms are our primary concerns. Your hospice nurse will make scheduled visits. Nursing staff are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for phone consultations or emergency visits.
Social Worker -
Clinical social workers provide support for you and your family by offering emotional comfort, assistance with community referrals and short term counseling. Emotional support is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to address any concerns that may arise.
Spiritual issues are often important at the end of life. The non-denominational hospice chaplain assists you in addressing these issues. Spiritual and religious beliefs are as individual as people. The chaplain assists you and your loved ones by using your own faith or beliefs as a means of coping with your illness.
Personal Care Aide -
Certified nursing aides assist with personal care such as bathing and other hygiene needs. The health care aide can also help with light household duties related to your care.
Hospice Volunteer -
Every hospice volunteer is required to complete comprehensive training. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways to give family members time to rest or maintain contact with friends. Volunteers can assist with light housework, running errands and providing companionship for the patient and caregiver.
Other Team Members -
Other support team members may include a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist, dietitian and bereavement counselor.
Read more about Hospice Care:
Frequently asked questions about hospice
Requirements for care