Hospice Services of Massachusetts
A Team Approach for Patients and Families
Hospice services are performed by an interdisciplinary team of experts, with the patient’s primary physician, Old Colony Hospice physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, spiritual and bereavement counselors, dietitian, pharmacists, and volunteers working together to provide a full range of services.
Increasingly, teams also call upon the skills and services of specialized therapists when they are needed. This professional team works with the patient and family to develop a plan of care that is to each family situation. Team members collaborate with one another constantly and meet as a group every 14 days to discuss the effectiveness of the plan of care for each patient. The Medical Director for the team runs the meeting and provides input in discussing goals of care.
- Our Nurses provide skilled nursing care for pain management and symptom control. They coordinate patient care needs, arrange for services, supplies and medications, and coordinate care with the primary physician. They are available 24 hours a day via phone at 781.341.4145 or 1.800.370.1322.
- Our Hospice Aides help the patient with personal care activities such as bathing, toileting, skin care, hair/shaving, and dressing, as well as doing light housework and meal preparation. All aides are Certified Home Health Aides.
- Our Social Workers and Bereavement and Spiritual Counselors provide skilled support and assistance to the patient and family for resolution of issues, support groups and other community resources to help families adjust and understand the impact of the illness.
- Our Trained Volunteers are available to make friendly visits, help with shopping and errands, and provide respite periods for the caregiver. They are a valuable addition to the hospice circle of care team and one aspect unique to hospice.
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