Hospice Care Team
Professional Care & Services
Avera@Home patients are cared for by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, aides, and volunteers. In addition, hospice helps provide medications related to the terminal diagnosis, supplies, equipment and therapies as appropriate.
The patient's primary care physician or the Avera@Home Medical Director oversees the patient's care.
The nurse makes regularly scheduled visits and coordinates the patient's plan of care with the patient, the patient's family and other team members.
The social worker is available for listening, counseling and offering practical support with assessments, consultations, education, resources, referral services, advocacy and discharge planning.
Along with volunteer clergy of many faiths, hospice works with the patient's own clergy to help with spiritual concerns while giving needed support and kindness.
Pharmacist and Dietitian
They provide support and advice regarding medication, symptom control and nutritional advice when difficulties arise.
Care Assistants/ Aides/Homemakers
They assist with personal care and household tasks as needed.
Physical, occupational and speech therapists contribute their skills as needed.
A hospice volunteer assists the hospice team with:
- Making scheduled visits to patient/families at home to offer support, encouragement and help
- Providing support services as requested by hospice patient and family such as:
- Bed side sitting with patients so support person can leave/nap
- Occasional light housekeeping or meal preparation
- Lending a listening ear for patient or family
- Attending prayer service or funeral
- Grocery shopping — or other errands
- Taking pets for a walk
- Reading to patients
- Doing puzzles, play games, cards
- Writing letters