Meet the Hospice Team
The UnityPoint Hospice team is a team of health care professionals and volunteers who coordinate care to provide the highest quality of physical, emotional and spiritual support based on the needs of each individual hospice patient.
A hospice care team typically includes:
- A primary care doctor and a hospice doctor or medical director who manages the hospice care team.
- Nursing staff who come to the patient's place of residence or inpatient facility to provide care.
- Hospice aides who are responsible for the routine care for the patient, such as bathing or eating.
- Spiritual counselors, such as chaplains or priests, who offer spiritual care and guidance for the hospice patient and their family.
- Social workers who provide counseling and support and can provide referrals for appropriate resources.
- Pharmacists provide suggestions for medications that can effectively relieve symptoms that the patient is experiencing.
- Trained hospice volunteers who offer a variety of services depending on the patient's needs. Services range from companionship to emotional support to running errands and providing much-needed respite breaks for family members.
- Therapists such as speech, physical and occupational therapists.
- Bereavement counselors are available to provide support and guidance after the death of a loved one in hospice.
Each member of the hospice care team plays a vital role in the success of delivering the highest quality of care for each hospice patient. The hospice team always respects the values and wishes of the patient and family. This team will be with you every step of the way to ensure you are supported and cared for during the end-of-life experience.