Families who choose Memorial Home Services hospice are served by a coordinated team of professionals, specializing in a number of areas to assist patients and families. Our hospice team includes:
Medical Directors - Our four on-staff medical directors consult with primary care physicians to coordinate care. They provide expertise and guidance in the development of the plan of care. If a patient does not have a primary care physician, or the primary physician wishes not to coordinate the patient's hospice care, our medical directors are available.
Registered Nurses - Registered nurses assist patients with medical needs. Each family is assigned a primary nurse who visits patients & families at home. Registered nurses provide:
- Assessment of patient and family needs
- Assistance in the development of the plan of care
- Pain and symptom control
- On-going education
- Personal care
- Emotional support
Home Health Aides - Home health aides visit patients in the comfort of their own homes and assist with daily care needs. Visits are based on individual patient needs and preference. Home health aides:
- Provide assistance with personal hygiene and grooming
- Assist with activities of daily living and light homemaking tasks
- Provide emotional support
Medical Social Workers - Medical social workers visit patients and their families at home to assist with decision-making and counseling. They are listening ears for patients and families who need guidance in difficult times, or direction in dealing with personal and family issues.
Chaplain - The chaplain is available to assist patients and families with their spiritual and emotional needs. This service can be coordinated with a family's existing clergy as desired. For families with no spiritual affiliation, the chaplain can offer spiritual support.
Trained Volunteers - Emotional support is provided by trained volunteers through monthly phone calls, visits and assisting with family needs. Volunteers are available to listen to families and friends in need of companionship, provide a break for families and friends, help run errands, assist with housework and help prepare meals, etc. for families.
Bereavement Coordinator - The bereavement coordinator is available to help families prepare for the passing of a loved one, and deal with feelings of grief after the loved one has passed. Bereavement care is an integral part of the Memorial Home Services Hospice program.
Dietary - For some patients, diet is very important in enhancing quality of life. A nutritionist is available to provide dietary consults for these patients.
Therapies - In various situations, occupational, physical and speech therapies are used to maximize quality of life for the patient as recommended by the physician.
If you have questions about our hospice team, call 217-788-4663 or 800-582-8667, or email us.