The Montgomery Hospice team
Care is provided by a team of people that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, hospice aides and trained volunteers.
When a patient first enters hospice, members of the Montgomery Hospice team visit the patient and family to learn their needs. Hospice team members make regular follow-up visits based on the care plan that the patient, family and hospice team establish together.
The Montgomery Hospice doctor will work with the patient’s community doctor to manage pain or other symptoms. If necessary, the Montgomery Hospice doctor will visit a patient’s home.
Montgomery Hospice nurses visit patients regularly to see how they are doing, teach caregivers how to take care of their loved ones, and answer medical questions that arise. They assist in coordinating the care and contact the physician frequently to help manage symptoms for comfort.
Montgomery Hospice social workers help patients and families learn coping skills and ways to keep patients comfortable in their homes. They also can help patients and families with difficult conversations or to work on practical tasks, such as arranging for help with chores or caregiving duties.
Montgomery Hospice spiritual counselors – chaplains - are available to talk (or just listen) about any personal or spiritual concerns. These may - or may not - be religious discussions. Our chaplains help people find comfort and answers within their own beliefs. Chaplains offer spiritual and emotional support to people of any faith background, or no faith background. (Flyer about chaplains.)
All of our hospice aides are licensed Certified Nursing Assistants who have passed a state certification exam and have experience in hospice care. Hospice Aides visit patients periodically according to their physical needs to help with things such as bathing and dressing.
Montgomery Hospice volunteers can help patients and families in a variety of ways. They can do things such as sitting with patients so caregivers can take a break, giving soothing hand massages to ease stress, running errands for the busy caregiver, or helping patients and families with creating special memoirs. Volunteers are required to attend ongoing training during the year and have completed an extensive three-day training upon orientation to Montgomery Hospice.
Montgomery Hospice also uses Complementary Therapies such as massage, music and aromatherapy. For some patients, these techniques (used along with conventional medical care) provide comfort and ease pain and anxiety.
Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance do not pay for a hospice nurse to be in a patient's home all the time. We can put you in touch with other organizations that may be able to provide you with additional nursing support.