The Harbor Grace Hospice
Medical Director: Expert
in symptom management, the Hospice
Medical Director is a physician specially trained
in the control of pain and management of symptoms. The
Medical Director leads
the team in the development and implementation of the
individualized plan of care. She is available to
work with the patient’s attending physician and
is involved in community education.
Nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and serve
as the physician’s “eyes and ears” for the
patient at home or in our Inpatient Unit.
An R.N. oversees the entire care of the patient
and is skilled in assessment and management of pain and uncomfortable
symptoms patients may experience. Nurses may assist in the
teaching of caregivers- everything from giving injections
to the proper turning of a bed bound patient.
Certified Nursing Assistants:
Provide assistance with patients’ day to day needs.
A C.N.A. visit can include a bath, changing linens,
assisting with a meal and tidying up a patient’s
area. The nurse will determine the frequency of visits
during the admission process.
Social Worker: The hospice
Social Worker may provide a wide variety of services,
including emotional support and assisting families to
connect with other community resources. They are also
able to provide counseling for patients and their families,
help with the completion of forms and paperwork, and
assist with financial or legal concerns. They are available
to help patients and their loved ones sort through the
often overwhelming issues that may surround a terminal
Chaplains: Our chaplains
are available to help patients and families work through
spiritual conflict or unresolved issues. They may also
be used as support person to persons of all faiths and
will work with a patient’s clergy if requested
to do so.
Volunteers: Our volunteers
give the gift of their time to provide support to the
patient and family.
services are provided to families for one year after
the death of their loved one. Harbor Grace support staff
remain in contact with family members through phone
calls, visits and informational mailings. Grief support
groups are also available.