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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 the following.

Medical Director
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 healthcare experience.

Nursing Staff
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 their family

Social Worker
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 bereavement support.

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

Chaplain
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 clergy.

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 clergy

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:

Housekeeping
Bathing
Meals
Listening

Volunteers
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

Music Therapist
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.