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Hospice Home Care

The Hospice of the Ozarks Medical Director guides the medical professionals in offering the best quality care to each patient and their family. Our Medical Director works in conjunction with the patient's attending physician (if applicable) and together directs the patient's plan of care.

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The Nurse’s Role in Hospice

Nurses provide direct patient care and support to caregivers. They are highly trained and work closely with the patient’s physician to provide effective pain and symptom management. Hospice nurses are not private duty or "shift" nurses. They schedule their visits and maintain contact with the patient and the caregiver on a regular basis. In addition, nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to all emergencies, questions, and concerns.

The Social Worker’s Role in Hospice

Social workers provide emotional support to the patient and their family, while also providing a comprehensive list of resources available to the patient and their family while they face end-of-life care. Our social workers also provide group and individual counseling along the journey for both the patient and their family.

The Chaplain’s Role in Hospice

Chaplains provide spiritual support and care to the patient and their family. If the patient has a church family, with the patient's permission, our chaplains provide a bridge of communication to the patient's clergy and church family. Hospice of the Ozarks believes each individual is a spiritual being and by offering support and spiritual care to the patient, they can face end-of-life with peace and assurance.

The Hospice Aide’s Role in Hospice

Hospice aides provide direct personal care to the patient. This can be anything from bathing, personal grooming, dressing and more. The hospice aide can also provide light housekeeping in the immediate area in which the patient is residing in order to promote the best possible environment for the patient.

The Volunteer’s Role in Hospice

Volunteers who provide care and support to the patient and their family are trained individuals who have gone through extensive training provided by the professional staff of Hospice of the Ozarks. Each volunteer supporting patients and their families also have had reference checks conducted, an annual TB screening, background checks and personal interviews. Each volunteer serves in specific areas such as providing respite relief and care for the caregivers, running errands, staying with the patient, assisting our staff, and so much more.

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