Holy Cross Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hospice team actively participates in the plan of care of the patients and considers pain and symptom control a priority. The Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) makes up the team of healthcare professionals to meet the medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient.
The Hospice Physician oversees the team and makes home visits.
Nurses manage the patient’s case and visits routinely, and as often as needed, to provide symptom management and address medical needs.
Hospice aides help the patient with bathing, personal care, grooming and comfort.
The Social Workers counsel the patient and family through emotional issues related to the life-limiting illness, provide community resources, and address financial and legal issues.
The Spiritual Counselor ministers to the patient and family as preferred to meet their spiritual needs.
Volunteers can read to the patient, keep the patient company while the caregiver runs an errand, or simply socialize with the patient.
The Bereavement Team provides grief support to surviving loved ones, allowing their eventual return to routine life an easier transition. Bereavement support may effectively prevent living relatives from experiencing grief-related illnesses in the first year after the death of a loved one.