Our Care Team

At Hospice of the Midwest, our team abides by the Golden Rule, treating others the way that we would hope to be treated. Not only do we give our patients and their loved ones compassionate care, but we hold ourselves to the highest professional and clinical standards, ensuring the most effective treatments and optimal outcomes. To this end, we bring together an exceptional interdisciplinary team that includes:

A Medical Director- The Medical Director is a licensed physician who oversees the hospice program and leads the interdisciplinary team. The Medical Director:

  • Provides written certification of the terminal illness
  • Coordinates with the patient’s attending physician to plan and manage patient care and order appropriate medications and treatments

Skilled Nurses — Licensed professional nurses and practical nurses (under the supervision of a registered nurse):

  • Assess patient needs, assist with care planning, and provide consistent, thorough care and treatments
  • Manage pain, discomfort and symptom relief
  • Oversee medication administration and effectiveness
  • Educate the patient and family/caregiver(s) regarding disease progression, self-care techniques, end-of-life care, and processes for addressing ethical issues

Certified Nursing Assistants/Hospice Aides – These are trained caregivers who work under the supervision of a registered nurse to:

  • Assist with personal care
  • Provide light housekeeping
  • Participate in life enhancement activities such as reading to the patient, writing letters, and taking the patient for walks

Medical Social Workers – Social workers focus on ensuring that support systems are available to reduce stress and facilitate coping with end-of-life care. Social workers:

  • Provide social and emotional support
  • Counsel patients and families around issues of death, dying, and grief
  • Furnish financial and community resource education and referrals

Chaplain – In keeping with holistic nature of the Hospice philosophy, the chaplain attends to the spiritual needs of the patient and family. The chaplain:

  • Assesses the patient’s and family’s spiritual needs
  • Provides direct counseling and bereavement support
  • Consults with the patient’s clergy to ensure that the individual needs of the patient/family are met

Other Services – Other services such as rehabilitative services, speech therapy, and/or dietary services are available depending on the needs of the patient and focus on patient safety, symptoms management, and end-of-life goals.