A Team Approach to Care

You, your loved ones, the palliative doctor, and other members of your hospice and palliative care team will have an initial meeting to determine your needs, wishes, and goals for care. Based on your discussions, you and the team will make a plan. The palliative doctor leads the team, working closely with your nurses, who will have regular contact with you. Most of the team members receive special training in palliative care.

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You will meet with various members of the team regularly. Someone from the team, most often the nurse, will communicate with you frequently to make sure your needs are being met. You and your loved ones are the most important members of the team.

Team members providing care are not limited to doctors and nurses and the care you receive is not limited to medications. Learn about complementary methods that the team might use.

Hospice and Palliative Care Support Team

Your loved one's care support team is there to best meet their needs, wishes and goals to maintain the highest quality of care that's right for them. Together you'll collaborate on a plan that will incorporate your objectives for care and create an action plan.

The specially- trained support care team will include:

  • You | Your loved ones
  • Hospice or palliative doctor
  • Nurse practitioner | Physician assistant
  • Nurse | Social Worker
  • Pharmacist | Chaplin
  • Physical therapist | Dietician

The support care team will hold an initial team meeting to discuss your loved one's goals, needs and wishes to help maintain the highest quality of care. The plan will then include coordination of care among your support team to help ensure you comfortable and that all your needs are met. The plan will include:

  • Treatments to help to alleviate and control pain
  • Coordination of care among your support care team
  • Help in creating a living will
  • Emotional and spiritual support and guidance

Learn about complementary methods used in hospice and palliative care that address the whole person – mind, body and soul.