Your Hospice Care Team
The hospice team consists of a specially trained, experienced group of experts and volunteers. The team works together to address all aspects of your care in many settings – at home, in residential community care settings or at one of our three inpatient hospice centers. A hospice medical director oversees and guides all teams.
Support From Your Hospice Care Team
The hospice team works together to support your medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. They will seek the active involvement of you and your loved one. Therefore, decisions regarding care and treatment are jointly made. A member of your team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In summary, Gilchrist addresses all of your care needs.
Your Team Consists of:
Physician and/or the Gilchrist Medical Director
Your loved one’s personal physician may continue to provide care jointly with the hospice team. Or you may instead choose to have a hospice medical director or nurse practitioner as your primary clinician.
Registered Nurse/Case Manager
All of our nurses are specially trained in providing end-of-life
care. Nurses provide skilled care and support tailored to your loved one’s goals and needs. The hospice nurse is the case manager who provides education and hands-on-care. In addition, the nurse offers options to manage pain and other symptoms of illness, while supporting your family.
Certified Hospice Aides
Our aides provide compassionate personal care to take the stress out of everyday tasks (e.g., bathing, dressing, etc.). While helping with life skills, our aides maintain the dignity and independence of your loved one.
Our social workers provide support and counseling for you and your family. Examples of assistance are accessing resources, making alternative living arrangements and dealing with financial issues. Gilchrist’s social workers also help in the preparation of advance directives and with funeral arrangements.
Our chaplains provide spiritual support and counseling for you and your loved one. This support is based on your spiritual or religious beliefs, practices and needs. They will listen to concerns and offer prayers, if requested. Chaplains can help your family reflect on what is most meaningful in your lives and offer support in healing relationships. Our hospice chaplains will also work with your personal clergy and congregation, if desired.
Our master’s trained grief counselors offer support before and after a loss. Gilchrist has an extensive bereavement program with one-on-one counseling, support groups and events.
Our volunteers provide a variety of services, including companionship, respite for caregivers or errands. Our end-of-life doulas are specially trained to sit bedside with your family in the hours preceding death. Doulas ensure you have the support you need and that no one dies alone.
Child Life Specialist (Gilchrist Kids)
Our child life specialists are uniquely attuned to the individual social and emotional needs of children. Our specialists work to help children sort out their feelings, most often through play and imagination. Child life specialists also work with siblings and other young family members impacted by a child’s illness and impending death.
Caregiver Help in the Home
Avila*, a preferred provider of GBMC and Gilchrist, provides personalized home care to complement the full range of services Gilchrist offers. Learn more about Avila. You can also learn more our relationship with Avila in our blog, “Senior Home Care Services”
*Avila is a registered tradename and servicemark of Oak Farm Solutions, LLC.
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