The Loving Hands
Hospice team is a multi-disciplinary group with over a century
of combined Hospice experience. Every member of the Loving Hands
Hospice staff is an integral part of our organization. Not only
does our staff provides direct care to our patients and families,
but also provides information during team meetings so we can
better understand our patient’s individual needs. Our staff includes
Loving Hands Hospice Medical Director works closely with each
patient's doctor to make recommendations for Hospice care. The
Medical Director is involved with patient care meetings, is available
for consultation and may visit Hospice patients in their homes.
Joseph Sadowski, MD, serves as the Medical Director for Loving
Hands Hospice. Dr. Joseph Sadowski has been with Loving Hands
Hospice from the beginning and has many years of end-of-life
Loving Hands Hospice Nurses focus on providing comfort, symptom
management and compassionate care for patients and their families.
Hospice Nurses support patients and families by:
• Creating a plan of care with the doctor, the patient, their family and other
members of the Hospice team
• Coordinating medical needs such as medications, medical equipment, medical
supplies and education
• Providing emotional support for the patient and
The Loving Hands Hospice Social Worker, Theresa Hrastnik, assists patients and
their families by providing counseling and support. She helps to maintain patient
dignity and support their cultural and religious backgrounds. Theresa also provides
Hospice Social Workers support patients and families by:
• Identifying and understanding the patients' and families' goals and concerns
in coping with their illness.
• Providing ongoing, supportive counseling for the family enabling them to problem
solve and express their feelings, issues and concerns.
• Providing information and referrals to community resources and education. Some
examples are Medicare/Medicaid programs, Advance Directives and transportation
The Loving Hands Hospice Chaplain Bill Rudolph is available to meet the spiritual
needs of Hospice patients and their families. Chaplain services are non-denominational
and optional. Patients and families may elect to receive support from their own
Hospice Chaplains support patients and their families by:
• Providing spiritual counseling
• Prayer and/or meditation
• Providing or coordinating spiritual rites or traditions (i.e., communion)
• Coordinating spiritual care with the patient’s
Home Health Aides
Loving Hands Hospice Home Health Aides are available for personal care and assistance.
Home Health Aides support patients and families by assisting with:
Loving Hands Hospice Volunteers use their skills and experiences to comfort and
increase quality of life for patients and families.
Volunteers support patients and families by:
• Spending quality time with a patient
• Assistance with errands and light housekeeping
• Stay with the patient so that caregivers can attend
to errands and have time to take care of themselves
The Loving Hands Hospice Music Therapist, Marta Sue Setliff, provides music therapy
addressing the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of patients.
After assessing the strengths and needs of our patients, Marta Sue provides the
indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening
to music. Through musical involvement, the patient’s abilities are strengthened
and transferred to other areas of his or her life. Music therapy also provides
pathways for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult
to express themselves in words.