The Infirmary hospice team coordinates a plan of care and manages the needs of patients and their families. The hospice case manager serves as the main contact and coordinates assistance from all team members, including hospice medical directors, personal physicians, nurses, certified hospice aides, social workers, spiritual and bereavement counselors, pharmacists and trained volunteers.
Infirmary Hospice Care provides:
- Regularly scheduled nursing visits each week.
- On-call nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Hospice medical director in addition to the patient’s attending physician.
- Social workers to assist patients and families with social and emotional issues.
- Hospice aides to help with personal care.
- Education about the patient’s illness and what to expect as the illness progresses.
- Medical supplies, equipment and medication related to the terminal illness.
- Short-term inpatient care for symptom control and family respite where medically necessary.
- Spiritual support and counseling.
- Volunteer support and assistance for patients and caregivers
- Bereavement support for loved ones after their loss.
- Memorial services to remember and celebrate the lives of patients.
- No One Dies Alone (NODA) philosophy.
"You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but live until you die." —Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement