Hospice helps in many ways and there is no job to small or too big for the team. The team consists of nurses, physicians, social workers, counselors, home health aides, spiritual counselors, volunteers, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, music and massage therapists, and nutritional counselors. The hospice program also provides medications, medical supplies and equipment, respite care in a nursing facility, cility, inpatient hospice care, and bereavement support and counseling.
The hospice team is there to help. They encourage patients to be as active as possible providing support and comfort to the patient and family. The help may include pain relief through medication; back rubs and massages; assistance with personal care and coordination of medical equipment; companionship and friendship; assisting with household chores and financial matters; providing favorite foods or music; joining in favorite pastimes and life review.
The hospice team also assists in coordinating community resources to assist with quality of life and helping maintain someone at home until the very end. This could include homemaker services, meals on wheels, emergency response systems and any other resources available. An agency we work with frequently had this to say about our team.
"Please accept this acknowledgement from the patient and family for the compassionate care and clinical expertise provided by your staff Dan and Jackie. Although this was a very difficult case, your staff demonstrated tremendous compassion and understanding. They provided the necessary information and assistance to allow the family to make very difficult decisions and integrated the family and outside resources to allow for strong support. Dan’s professional manner and clinical excellence was instrumental in fulfilling the needs of the patient and family and were very much appreciated."
Life is a journey and we are there for you until the very end.
We are your neighbor…We are your friend… We are Hospice of Philadelphia a service of The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia.
To contact a member of our Hospice Team, call 215-581-2046 or