Gilchrist provides an interdisciplinary, specially trained team of professionals and volunteers, who work in close cooperation with the patient, their family, and their personal physician, or hospice medical director, and are available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.
The hospice team seeks the active involvement of patients and their families in making decisions regarding care and treatment, while at the same time supporting the patient and family emotionally, socially and spiritually.
YOUR HOSPICE TEAM INCLUDES:
- You and your loved ones
- Your physician or Gilchrist Medical Director
- Registered nurses
- Certified hospice aides
- Social workers
- Bereavement counselors
- Physical and occupational therapists and nutritionists, are available as needed.
THE ROLES OF YOUR HOSPICE TEAM:
- You and your loved ones– are the most important members and are the leaders of the team. Our focus of care is in response to your choices.
- Your physician or Gilchrist Medical Directors – your personal physician may continue to care for you and work in collaboration with the hospice team or you may choose to designate a hospice medical director as your primary physician.
- Registered nurses– provide skilled care and support by understanding and explaining your illness and listening to your wants and needs. Your hospice nurse is your case manager and will also provide education and hands on care, options to manage your illness and support your caregivers.
- Certified hospice aides – will assist you to make every day tasks easier (bathing, grooming, dressing) while at the same time, helping you maintain your dignity and independence.
- Social workers– provide support and counseling for you and those close to you and information to assist you with other practical concerns, such as alternative living arrangements, financial issues and referrals to other agencies. They also assist you in the preparation of a living will and with burial arrangements.
- Chaplains – provide non-denominational spiritual support and counseling for you and your loved ones based upon your spiritual beliefs, practices and needs. They will listen and offer prayers, help you reflect on the things you find most meaningful in your life, and support you in healing relationships. Your hospice chaplain will also work with your own clergy and congregation if you desire.
- Volunteers– share companionship with you and your loved ones. They can provide respite for caregivers by sitting with you while your family takes a break or listening and sharing things you enjoy most. Your volunteer’s special talents are matched to your needs.
- Bereavement counselors– are available to assist your loved ones as they grieve. Bereavement services are provided by masters-prepared, licensed counselors and specially trained volunteers, and include individual counseling, support groups, workshops and memorial services.
Live in the Central Maryland area and want to learn more about Gilchrist Hospice Care, visit our website at gilchristhospice.org. Or if you think you or a loved one is ready to receive hospice care, call our toll-free referral hotline at 1.800.HOSPICE.