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The hospice interdisciplinary team (IDT) serves a very important function in hospice care. It includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists and trained volunteers who work together to address a hospice patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The holistic approach for the hospice interdisciplinary team enables members of different disciplines to evaluate and provide feedback to the care plan. The team develops a plan of care designed to meet each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control, while supporting his/her loved ones.


The hospice medical director is responsible for developing a comprehensive medical care plan for each patient and ensuring that every member of the hospice team, caregivers and the patients family, are knowledgeable of the care plan.


The role of a hospice nurse is also a multivariat one. Having such a robust skill set, nurses can apply their knowledge and talents across a host of varying care specialities within a hospice organization.


The role of a hospice social worker is to advocate for each patient’s end-of-life wishes and help individuals address the emotional aspects of late-stage illnesses. Hospice social workers also assist families in identifying other available local services and resources for additional support.


The role of a hospice chaplain is crucial, as many people turn toward spirituality for comfort at the end of life, and the expert spiritual care and counsel that a chaplain provides is paramount in helping patients — and the caregivers, family, and friends who love them — find peace.

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