How Does Hospice Care Work

How Does Hospice Care Work?

Typically a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The team usually consists of:

  • The patient’s personal physician
  • Hospice medical director or physician
  • Nurses
  • Hospice aides
  • Social workers
  • Clergy or other counselors
  • Trained volunteers and
Speech, physical, and occupational therapists if needed.