The Hospice of Saint John insists upon individualized approaches to patient and family care. Time has taught that this adaptability is what best insures that a patientís unique physical, spiritual goals are identified and met.
Our comfort care teams coordinate with patients, families, and primary care physicians throughout the disease process. Staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Each comfort care team provides:
It is our preference that your primary care physician follows your care whenever possible. If your primary physician is unable or unwilling to follow your care, the Hospice of Saint John will consult its own physicians. Our medical directors will review your plan of care regularly whether or not your own doctor follows your care.
Our Pharmacist is always available as a resource to patients and families. We will thoroughly discuss all medication changes and options.
Expert Nursing Care
Nurses assess the needs of patients and families and work with the patientís physicians and Hospice of Saint John medical directors to manage symptoms.
In coordination with patients and families, dietary staff assess ever-changing nutritional needs and explore how best to meet those needs.
Medical Social Worker
Medical Social Workers help the patient and the families secure legal and financial assistance, teach personal coping techniques and counsel patients and family members. Social workers also put families in touch with other community resources that they may need.
Pastoral counselors provide non-denominational counsel to any patient or family members who request this service. Such counsel helps patients and families cope with feelings of guilt, anger, frustration, and sorrow. If requested, our counselors will work with familiesí clergy.
Our Patient Accounts staff are always available to discuss any financial issues. Staff can help explain financial records and help patients families learn what to expect in the future.
Therapies are not often thought of in correlation with hospice but regaining lost abilities can sometimes be very comforting to a patient and family.
Bereavement support is provided for the family and close friends to aid in the healing process. Support groups, one-on-one counseling, newsletters and telephone correspondence are available to provide comfort. These services generally are available for twelve months after the death of a loved one and are available to all members of the community.
Professionally Trained Volunteers
Volunteers are an essential part of our organizations. They provide a variety of support including personal care, companionship and support to office staff. Volunteers are such a special part of our program and we welcome all those who would like to become a part of the Hospice of Saint John.
Pet and Music Therapies provide unique socialization opportunities for our patients and families. Hearing a favorite song might take you back to a fond memory while hugging a llama might create a new one.