The Support You Need
Brookdale Hospice services are provided by a team of professionals that includes doctors, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, spiritual counselors, therapists and trained volunteers.
- Physician Services
The patient’s personal physician and the hospice medical director work together with other members of the hospice interdisciplinary team (IDT)to plan medical care needed.
Nurses specialize in palliative care, which seeks to minimize pain while optimizing comfort. The nurse is the liaison between the patient, the physician and other health care professionals to provide pain/symptom management, caregiver education, care supervision, and family assistance.
- Medical Social Worker
The social worker is a counselor to the patient and the family, assisting with financial, insurance and legal issues while arranging volunteer support and other community services.
- Spiritual/Pastoral Counselor
Chaplains and spiritual counselors provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and their families helping them to integrate their life’s meaning with their hospice journey.
- Hospice Aides
Hospice aides help with personal care of the patient on an intermittent basis. They provide a break for caregivers in the normal routine of personal care.
Physical, occupational, speech and dietetic therapists are available to help a patient maintain comfort or quality of life.
- Bereavement Counseling
Bereavement counseling is available to support family members for 12 months after the death of a loved one with one-on-one counseling and support groups.
Hospice volunteers are members of the community who have special interest in hospice and receive specialized training in serving hospice patients. Volunteers provide companionship to patients and respite to caregivers. They assist with chores, shopping, transportation and other needs.