Our Hospice Team

Homecare & Hospice provides a full spectrum of physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual support for terminally ill individuals and their families. Hospice allows the individual to remain at home, in a home-like environment at The Good Shepherd Hospice House or other settings, such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes.

Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team consisting of:
Hospice Medical Directors - consult with the various members of the team, including the client's personal physician, and verify the appropriateness of an admission.

Registered Nurses
- visit the client as often as needed, assessing physical needs and providing overall care management. Our nurses offer education to family members about the disease process and provide expert pain and symptom control. A Homecare & Hospice nurse is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Certified Home Health Aides
- give clients professional personal care and attention. Some of their services include bathing, grooming, changing bed linens and other light household tasks.
Social Workers - assess the overall emotional and psychosocial needs of the client and family. Our staff of social workers can assist in planning many aspects of need, determining the right course of action to provide maximum support.

Bereavement Coordinator
- is available to families for up to 13 months following the death of their loved one. Support may come in the form of phone calls, visits, mailings, support groups, volunteer contacts and special programs. This gives the bereaved various
opportunities to share their feelings and begin to heal.

Chaplain - provides spiritual and pastoral support for clients and families if they wish. Our Chaplain is non-denominational and offers a wealth of resources.

Therapists - our Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists are available to assess any safety needs or concerns of the client and caregiver.

Registered Dietician - when dietary needs become an issue, our dietician assess the client's individual situation and provides alternative methods to ensure adequate nourishment and satisfaction.
Volunteers - receive specialized training and are well-prepared to offer respite care, companionship, emotional support and errands assistance.