Hospice workers have what is known as a “hospice heart.” Hospice care isn’t just a job for us – it’s a calling. The people called to this profession are caring, empathetic advocates for patients and their families. We are blessed and humbled to be part of each patient’s journey and treat them with the highest respect.
Amedisys hospice care sets the gold standard in health care for helping people die peacefully and comfortably when facing terminal illness or a life-limiting injury. Patients receive high-quality, compassionate care from a diverse team of professionals that includes a physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, bereavement counselor, hospice aide and volunteers.
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At Amedisys, every patient receives a personalized care plan that is based on their goals, needs and desires. Our hospice clinicians will ask what really matters to the patient and family, and those items will be included in their individual plan of care. Care plans may include medical care, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. We also support families and caregivers, so they can give their aging parent or loved one the best quality of life possible as they near the end of their life.
The hospice team is specially trained to bring comfort and dignity to every patient’s end-of-life care. Hospice team members schedule regular visits and are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.
Learn more about the members of the hospice care team:
The Hospice Medical Director leads the hospice care team in developing a plan of care to meet each patient’s specific needs, provides consultation to physicians regarding hospice care, and certifies terminal prognosis as part of the hospice eligibility process.
Hospice Care Nurses have specialized training in pain and symptom management. They evaluate patient and family needs, coordinate the plan of care with the care team, and guide education for patients and their loved ones.
Hospice Aides are the heart of care, building warm relationships with patients and families as they bring personal care, comfort and emotional support.
The best possible hospice care requires more than medical care. The Social Worker works with emotional and financial needs, assists with end-of-life planning, develops plans of care, provides direct counseling, and arranges referrals to community agencies as necessary.
Hospice Care Volunteers give their time and talents to brighten the days of patients and their loved ones, Volunteers visit and do activities with patients, provide breaks for family members and caregivers and support at the time of death and during bereavement.
Treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit – includes helping to meet the spiritual needs of the patient and family. The Spiritual Counselor assesses the patient’s and family’s spiritual needs, develops a plan of care to meet identified needs, provides direct counseling, consults with community clergy, and provides bereavement support.
One of the most important services we provide is bereavement support for families and loved ones The Bereavement Counselor helps assess what’s needed, provide individual and group counseling during the minimum of 13 months of bereavement support for the family after the loss of a loved one.