hospiceThe Heart to Heart Hospice interdisciplinary team is focused on managing pain and controlling symptoms, as well as providing emotional and spiritual support to our patients and their families. The hospice care team works together, with the help of the patient’s primary care physician to develop a care plan specific to each patient’s needs and wishes. The team is available to patients and their loved ones 24 hours a day, 365 days a year;

Physicians Medical Directors, in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician and the hospice care team, create a care plan that manages pain and controls symptoms associated with the patient’s terminal illness or disease.

NursesThe skilled nurses provide hands-on experience, while assessing the needs and managing the pain and symptoms of the patients. The nurses also provide support for the family members and help to educate the caregivers on how to assist in caring for their loved ones.

Hospice Aides Hospice aides or certified nurse assistants tend to personal care and other activities of daily living for the patients. They also provide companionship, as well as emotional and spiritual support for patients and loved ones.

Social Workers The social workers look after emotional needs, helping patients with feelings of fear and anxiety, or communication issues with family. They can help with coordinating available community resources and matters that are not medical related. Also, they can assist with planning, finances, insurance benefits and any other difficulties.

Chaplains The chaplains, or spiritual advisors, provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families, guiding them through tough decisions and questions that they may have at the end-of-life. They may share moments of silence to reflect on positive memories and provide understanding to relieve strained relationships between loved ones.

Bereavement Coordinators The bereavement consultants help patients and families through the different phases of the end-of-life process. They help patients, families and friends prepare for situations at the end-of-life and provide bereavement support and grief counseling to the families for up to 13 months.

Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapists These specialized therapists are on hand when needed to assist the patients through challenging times.

Volunteers The trained volunteers provide companionship and support while visiting with patients. They assist with simple caregiving responsibilities and may help with household chores, errands, or transportation if needed.