Your Palliative Team
The Palliative Care team consist of professionals utilizing their expertise in working with patients and families. The team remains in close contact with the patient’s physician.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
A FNP consults with the patient and performs an initial assessment and visits the patient at home within a week of admission, with follow-up visits every 4-8 weeks or as needed. More frequent visits will be made if medically necessary or if a patient evaluation is needed. A Plan of Care is completed with the patient/family and FNP/registered nurse. The FNP will communicate monthly (or more often if requested) with the patient’s physician of the patient’s status.
Palliative Care Nurse
The Palliative Care nurse visits are provided by a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
The nurse visit includes:
- Monitoring and treatment of pain and symptoms.
- Patient assessment, evaluation and care management of nursing needs.
- Medical concerns of the patient/family
The social worker provides counseling and emotional support to help patients and their families address their economic, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. The social worker will conduct a telephone consultation or an in-home visit at least monthly and more often, if needed.
The chaplain is available as needed to support the psychosocial, emotional needs of the patient and family. The chaplain provides spiritual support to patients and families from all denominations.