HOSPICE CARE TEAM
HOSPICE CARE TEAM
Your Hospice Care Team
Compassionate experts in end of life care.
Our hospice care team is composed of professionals and volunteers with a wide range of abilities and specialties. They work together to surround each of our patients with care, love, and support. The team meets regularly to ensure seamless communication, and also to coordinate care and make certain that the family's needs are addressed. The team also works closely with the patients' primary physicians to manage and coordinate pain, discomfort, medications, and other aspects of care. The Knute Nelson Hospice team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so patients and families have support whenever they may need it.
Registered nurses continually assess the medical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients and their families. These skilled nurses determine individual needs, with a special focus on helping your loved one remain comfortable and also coordinating among different team members to provide a range of support to the patients and their loved ones. In addition, if it is desired, our nurses can also teach family members caregiving skills.
Home Health Aides
Home health aides help with activities of daily living and personal care such as bathing, cooking, eating, dressing, and using the toilet. They also provide emotional support to patients and their families and loved ones.
Social workers coordinate the delivery of care from resources within your nearby community. This important work can help ease emotional or family challenges and help your loved one and their family plan for the future. They are also available to provide grief support for the family before and after their loss.
Chaplains are trained, emotionally available experts who can provide informed and confidential spiritual care to your loved ones and their family. They also work with your loved one's clergy. Hospice chaplains honor and respect all spiritual philosophies.
The hospice medical director co-certifies the patient’s terminal prognosis with the primary physician. They are responsible for leading the development of the patient’s care plan and meeting with the hospice care team to ensure the patient is receiving the appropriate care for their diagnosis.
Therapists are a critical part of your loved one's care plan. These specialized care providers administer physical, occupational or speech therapy to help reduce pain or alleviate symptoms related to the hospice diagnosis.
Enriching Service Providers
Enriching service providers like therapeutic musicians, massage therapists, healing touch practitioners and volunteers are an essential part of our Hospice team. Learn more about our enriching service offerings.