Medical Director, Dr. William Ferri, Oncology/Hematology who oversees patient care and presides over team meetings. When necessary, the Medical Director serves as the liaison with the patient’s referring physician with regard to terminal care.
Patient’s Referring Physician who continues to direct and approve medical care. The hospice team consults with and maintains a relationship with the patient’s personal physician.
Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses who educate the patient and family with regard to the disease and its progression. They comfort patients and provide professional care to manage symptoms and ease pain while helping the patient to maintain the ability of living life to its fullest.
Certified Home Health Aides who gently and lovingly offer personal care assistance while preserving each patient’s dignity.
Medical Social Workers who understand the special needs of patients and their caregivers facing a life-limiting illness. They assist in many ways including coordination of community resources.
A Chaplain who respects each patient’s spiritual preferences and honors all denominations. The chaplain listens with an open heart, helps the patient along their journey, and allows them to choose their own spiritual path.
Trained Volunteers who genuinely share their kindness, gifts, and talents by helping patients and their families with everyday routine tasks while offering their time for loved ones to take a break from their caregiver role.
Bereavement Counselors who support loved ones in the grief work and help them to find healthy ways of coping. Bereavement services continue for at least one year after the loss of a loved one.
The goal is to keep the patient comfortable while enhancing the daily quality of life.
In addition to the team, Medicare law requires the hospice to provide medications directly related to the patient’s admitting diagnosis as well as durable medical equipment and soft good supplies as necessary.
On-call nursing for emergencies and additional support is offered 24 hours daily, 7 days a week.
Catholic Hospice volunteers support our program through a variety of ways including:
Bereavement – contacting bereaved family members via written correspondence, telephone or home visits to offer support.
Clerical – supporting administrative staff with clerical tasks such as telephone, filing, data entry and mailings.
Fundraising – planning and implementation of fundraisers, serving as committee members for fundraising activities.
Patient Care – visitation, assisting patients with routine daily tasks (writing letters, small errands, light meal preparation, etc.) and/or providing breaks for the caregivers.
Public Relations – “manning” information tables at community fairs in an effort to educate the public about hospice services.
All Catholic Hospice volunteer applicants must complete a volunteer application with references. Those individuals expressing an interest to work directly with patients and/or family members are subject to a criminal background check (submitted and paid for by Catholic Hospice).
Hospice Medicare Regulations require certified agencies to view volunteers as they do paid employees, therefore all documentation required for staff personnel files (i.e.: criminal background checks, reference clearances, and copies of personal identification cards) must also be maintained in the volunteer’s personnel file. Additional documentation including a copy of the volunteer’s current auto insurance card is required for patient care and bereavement visitation volunteers.
Catholic Hospice volunteers receive training from our staff. The amount of training depends upon the area of volunteer interest. Candidates that successfully complete the volunteer training will be offered assignments based on time allowance and geographical areas they choose.
For more information on volunteer opportunities with Catholic Hospice, contact the volunteer coordinator at 1.866.933.6221.
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