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Hospice Team

At Hospice of the South Shore, our team partners with you to develop a plan of care that meets your needs and provides you and your caregivers with care and support.

Our skilled and compassionate interdisciplinary hospice team includes:

Hospice Medical Director

Our hospice medical director provides advice and direction for the hospice team. The hospice medical director works with your attending physician and nurse case manager to assure that the medical care you receive is closely monitored and meets your ongoing needs.

Attending Physician

Your doctor continues to play an important role in your care while you are a patient of Hospice of the South Shore. Your nurse case manager will be in regular communication with your physician and will make sure that he/she is aware of any changes in your condition or needs. Your physician will continue to prescribe medications for you and will be responsible for approving any changes in your plan of care.

Hospice Staff Registered Nurses

When you are admitted to hospice, you are assigned a nurse case manager. The nurse will provide skilled nursing visits and coordinate your care, while also offering support and teaching to your caregiver. Nursing visits are made as necessary to monitor and control your symptoms. The frequency of visits may change throughout the course of your illness. In addition to your nurse case manager, an on-call nurse is available by phone outside normal business hours to answer questions and respond to problems. If necessary, the on-call nurse will visit you to resolve any problems that might arise outside normal business hours.

Medical Social Workers

Our medical social workers are available to you and your caregivers to discuss the emotional challenges of a serious illness. They can also assist you with health care decisions, advance directives, legal matters or access to other community resources. Soon after your admission, a social worker will visit you and your family to determine how to be most helpful to you during this time.

Spiritual Care

Spiritual care is provided by a chaplain who is available to visit people of all faiths. The chaplain is available to pray or offer emotional and spiritual support. Our chaplain will discuss spiritual issues, such as fear, loss, forgiveness, anger, or spiritual questioning. The chaplain can also help with religious questions or arrange a visit by a local rabbi, priest or minister.

Hospice Care Volunteers

Hospice volunteers provide a variety of services to support our patients and families. Our volunteers are caring and compassionate men and women who live in the communities we serve and want to contribute to others in a meaningful way. Hospice of the South Shore provides and requires comprehensive orientation and training for all volunteers, as well as continuing education, ongoing support and supervision.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides provide personal care under the supervision of the nurse case manager, and are assigned based on the personal care needs identified in the plan of care.

If included in your plan of care, your home health aide may assist with:

  • Applying elastic stockings or ace bandages
  • Dressing
  • Exercise program
  • Feeding
  • Medication reminders
  • Mouth care
  • Nail care (no cutting)
  • Personal care
  • Shampooing hair
  • Shaving
  • Shower, sponge bath or bed bath
  • Toileting
  • Transfers
  • Walking
  • Weighing

When the above needs are met and time allows, your home health aide may:

  • Perform light housekeeping
  • Prepare meals
  • Wash laundry

The home health aide is NOT allowed to:

  • Administer any medications, including eye drops and over-the-counter medications
  • Buy alcoholic beverages
  • Change sterile bandages
  • Charge purchases
  • Give enemas and suppositories
  • Pay bills
  • Perform Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Pick up or drop off prescriptions
  • Perform any banking or check cashing
  • Provide heavy-duty housekeeping
  • Shovel snow
  • Transport the patient in any vehicle
  • Work in the yard
  • Work directly for a patient outside the visit time scheduled by Hospice of the South Shore

Contact Hospice of the South Shore

For more information about the comprehensive care provided by our hospice team, please call 781-624-7080. For 24-hour referrals, please call 866-674-2480.

    

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