The hospice team therapist

The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice team is an interdisciplinary team, including:

Patient's personal physician

  • Continues to oversee medical care with the help of the hospice team Hospice medical director
  • Advises the team and works with the patient's physician regarding plan of care

Nurse

  • Coordinates all care provided for the patient
  • Experienced in pain control, symptom management, counseling, teaching and support

Social worker

  • Provides emotional support for the patient and family members

Chaplain

  • Coordinates overall spiritual care according to wishes of the family and provides comfort, counsel, and support for the patient and family

Home health aide

  • Assists with personal care for the patient

Pharmacist

  • Provides consultation regarding any medication issues 24 hours a day

Dietitian

  • Provides expertise in nutritional needs of terminally ill patients

Therapists

  • Provide occupational, physical, and speech-language therapy as needed

Bereavement counselor

  • Provides bereavement support and counseling

Volunteers

  • Listen and help the patient and family, provide companionship, do shopping and errands and provide relief for the primary caregivers

A team member is on-call 24-hours a day to answer questions, discuss concerns and visit patients when needed.