Hospice care requires a team approach. We provide doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers, chaplains, nursing assistants, dietitians and therapists who work with you to design a plan of care that meets your unique needs.
Certified Nursing Assistants
Our certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are specially trained and certified to provide comfort and personal care to our patients. We work side by side with the facility staff to ensure patients receive all the personal and comfort care they need.
At HopeWest, our spiritual care team is an integral part of a patient’s wellbeing. Our specially trained chaplains provide emotional and spiritual care support no matter a patient’s beliefs. The spiritual care team can help bring patients and families hope and peace during the time of serious illness and at the end of life.
Counselors offer individual, family and group support to patients and families. Bereavement support is available to all family members. We realize that children need special support in dealing with the loss of a loved one, we have counselors who specialize in helping children. Hear from Renee about her experience
Most of our nursing staff have earned advanced certification, which assures expertise in symptom management and hospice care. A registered nurse is assigned as the patient’s and family’s primary nurse to coordinate care. Regular visits are provided to assess the patient’s condition, to provide teaching to the family and other caregivers, and to work collaboratively with the facility staff.
We have palliative care certified physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Our practitioners specialize in managing pain and other symptoms experienced by patients at the end of life. We may be available to serve as the patient’s primary physician.
Our social workers are trained in both counseling and identifying practical and financial resources for patients and families. We will answer questions, facilitate family communication and provide support to families in person and by phone.
We work with dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other specialists who are available to provide specialized care.
Our trained volunteers are individually assigned to patients as requested by the family or care team. Our volunteers provide companionship by listening, reading to a patient or just visiting. Volunteers can be of great support to those spending many hours alone.
The Facility Staff
When the patient lives in a facility, a joint plan of care is developed for each patient. Our staff works closely to coordinate care with the facility staff, including nurses, therapists, CNAs and social workers.