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  Typically a family member serves as the primary caregiver and when appropriate helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual.  The Loving Hands Hospice Team develops a care plan that meets each patients needs for pain management and control of symptoms.

A Registered Nurse with Hospice Experience will continually assess the ill person’s condition and keep in close touch with the patients treating physician and the hospice medical director about any symptoms of pain, nausea, depression, or any other medical conditions that need treatment.  Often the ill person’s symptoms can be improved significantly even though the basic illness cannot be cured.

Other key staff members include the following:

A Social Worker will assess any issues affecting the ability of the ill person’s family to deal with the illness or with any other social problems arising during the illness.

A Chaplain will help the family deal with spiritual issues around death and dying. Occasionally, the chaplain officiates at the patient's funeral service upon request. The Chaplain will also keep in touch with the family, and monitor the grieving process for 12 months or longer if necessary.

A Home Health Aide, also called a CNA, provides basic bedside care for the patient.  The Home Health Aide will often be the team member who actually spends the most time with the hospice patient and family, because they are providing the basic care in the home (or facility) and helping the patient with the routine activities of daily living.  The home health aide reports directly to the Nurse who is managing the patients care.  The Home Health Aide will make regular visits to the patient and family; provide help as needed for bathing, dressing, and eating, for example. The Home Health Aide will also check the patient’s vital signs and report immediately to the Nurse if there are any significant changes in the patient’s condition.

A Music Therapist uses music to enhance patients’ quality of life through the use of live music and personal interaction. Medical music therapists use patient-preferred live music (country, gospel, rock, jazz, etc.) to meet a variety of needs which include but are not limited to Reducing or decreasing pain, anxiety, confusion, agitation, depression, and isolation. Also to improve communication, socialization, mood, quality of life, relaxation, coping skills, and spiritual comfort.