Partners in Care

Partners in Care   - Your Henry Ford Hospice team, you, and your family/caregiver will put together a plan of care that meets the unique needs of you and your family/caregiver.  Your hospice team will contact you and your family/caregiver to set up appointments based on your condition.  Your team may include: 

Patient (You)  You should communicate as best you can with your hospice team about your needs, goals, and concerns to help direct the care you receive.
Caregiver/Family  Your family/caregiver will partner with your hospice team to understand the care you need.  This will increase their confidence to care for the you. 
Chaplain   Your hospice chaplain meets with your family/caregiver, offers spiritual and emotional support, and helps you and your family/caregiver with any spiritual needs. Individual beliefs and practices are held in the highest respect. 
Dietician Your hospice dietitian can answer questions, offer suggestions, and provide support to help meet your nutrition needs. 
Home Health Aide / Homemaker  Your home health aide / homemaker works under the supervision of the Hospice Registered Nurse (RN) to provide personal care to you.
Hospice Manager   Your hospice manager provides leadership to team members to make sure the highest level of care is provided.  Your manager is available for any concerns or questions from you or your family/caregiver. 
Hospice RN Team Leader
Your RN team leader, with the manager, provides direction to team members and coordinates care for you.  Your team leader is available for any concerns or questions if the manager is not available. 
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)  Your LPN helps the registered nurse manage your care.  Your LPN gives care under the direction and supervision of your RN.
Doctors and Nurse Practitioners 
Your medical care is provided by the hospice doctor, your personal doctor, and the nurse practitioner.  Your doctors and nurse practitioners work together to provide the best symptom control and pain management.  You and your family/caregiver decide who the attending doctor will be.
Registered Nurse Case Manager (RNCM)
Your Hospice RNCM is an expert in pain and symptom management.  They provide medicine training, side effects treatments, and daily care.  Your RNCM also coordinates care with your team.
Social Worker
Your social worker acts as an advocate for you and your family.  Your social worker can provide short term counseling and offer emotional support to you and your family/caregiver.  They can educate, help with advance care planning, and refer you and your family/caregiver to community resources based on your needs.
Your physical, occupational, and speech therapy is available when needed for your comfort.
Hospice volunteers are caring, loving, and compassionate individuals who dedicate their time to serve the terminally ill.  Hospice volunteers are trained before they begin work, and must attend additional training each year.  Some services volunteers can provide you are companionship, reading, playing games or cards, and writing letters.

If the patient or caregiver feel they could benefit from volunteer services, or a special service not mentioned, tell a hospice staff member and they will have the Volunteer Coordinator reach out.
Bereavement Specialist  Caring for your family/caregiver after your death is an important part of hospice.  The hospice staff and volunteers stay in contact for 13 months with your family/caregiver after your death.
Ethics Committee  The ethics committee has a goal to provide support and guidance to you, your family/caregiver, and your hospice staff when needed regarding moral decisions.  If you or your family/caregiver has questions for the ethics committee to discuss, tell your hospice team.  They will notify the ethics committee.  
  • SandCastles Grief Support Program for Children, Teens, and Families: Henry Ford Hospice created SandCastles Grief Support Program to provide a safe and comforting environment for children and teens, ages 3 to 18 and their families who have experienced a death.  Every child and teen deserve the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, nurturing environment.  At SandCastles, families are offered a special place where they can interact with peers who have experienced similar losses, learn life-long coping skills and most importantly, begin a healthy healing process. 
  • We Honor Vets: Henry Ford Hospice participates with the We Honor Vets program to empower hospices and other community organizations to meet the unique needs of America’s Veterans and their families by offering guidance and resources focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment so that Veterans can be guided toward a more peaceful ending. Henry Ford Hospice offers to honor all Veterans and their families with a “Pinning Ceremony,” The patient is presented with a certificate and a flag pin.  Henry Ford Hospice feels the ceremony is an opportunity for veterans to be honored for their service. 

Your Care Setting

  • A skilled care facility: Due to patient care needs and family situations, a higher level of care and support may be needed. Skilled care facilities provide around the clock care and support to meet you and your family/caregiver’s needs. The environment can be made “home-like” with minimal effort like bringing your family/caregiver photos to help you feel more comfortable. There is a cost associated with this place of service and your hospice social worker can assist you with understanding this option.
  • Residential hospice home: For patients in the Jackson area, we offer the option of a family-centered hospice home for end-of-life care. Along with amenities that offer comfort and security, this beautiful setting provides your family and caregivers with special accommodations and services. 
Hospice Care
Need more information, call (800) 492-9909.

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