As a Pacific Coast Hospice patient, your preferences and needs guide your care. Your care team works with you, your doctors, and caregivers to treat your whole well-being. We concentrate on helping you live and pass on with as much comfort, peace and dignity as possible. Along the way, they also prepare and support your family members so they can best care for you and honor your wishes.

Your Hospice Team Consists Of:

  • Attending Physician – The patient’s own physician continues to provide for the medical needs of the hospice patient. The hospice team will provide clinical updates every two weeks and upon any significant changes in patient status. More frequent updates from the nurse or hospice Medical Director can be requested.

  • Hospice Medical Director – The Hospice medical director is available for consultation, provides medical guidance for the hospice interdisciplinary team and participates in patient or family care planning. He/she may make home visits as needed, and upon request can assume the role of primary care physician.

  • Registered Nurse Case Manager – Registered Nurses (RN) assess the patient’s physical needs, perform skilled procedures and teach family members and other caregivers the skills needed for patient care at home. They coordinate the provision of medical equipment, supplies, and medications; communicate with the attending physician; and respond to patient and family emergencies. A hospice nurse is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) supplement the care provided by the Nurse Case Manager.

  • Hospice Aide – Specially trained aides assist patients in activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and skin care, as well as light housekeeping and meal preparation, according to the plan of care.

  • Medical Social Worker – Certified social workers offer emotional support through individual and/or group counseling to patients and families to assist with financial concerns, and by arranging for social service assistance, including guidance in making funeral arrangements.

  • Chaplain/Spiritual Care Counselor – An ordained member of the clergy provides support to patients and families of all faiths through visits, prayer and counseling, often engaging local clergy, when requested. Grief counselors offer support to involved family and friends through individual and group counseling to help cope with death.

  • Volunteer – Volunteers are the foundation upon which hospice was built. Pacific Coast Hospice offers trained volunteers for companionship, support and respite. Volunteers develop meaningful relationships with patients and families by simply being there during a critical time. All Pacific Coast Hospice volunteers have participated in an extensive training program and attend in-service meetings. We strive to accommodate all requests for volunteers. Please call (480) 637-4100 and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.

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