A Medical Director oversees patient care given by Physicians, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and the care teams. The Physicians and Practitioners, along with the Care Team, create a Plan of Care to ensure all patients and families have the resources and support they need. Each individualized Plan of Care is unique to the patient and their loved ones, to include their input for patient care.
Nursing services include in-home visits from Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses according to the Plan of Care. During each visit, nurses assess the needs of the patient and family. Hospice of Odessa nurses work closely with the Medical Director and the patient’s Physician to manage pain, medication(s) and symptoms related to the diagnosis.
Hospice Aides preserve the dignity and privacy of patients while providing important personal care services. These certified workers provide assistance in personal hygiene including bathing, hair and nail care, shaving, changing of linens, and other duties as assigned in the plan of care.
Hospice of Odessa knows that Social Workers are a vital part of helping patients understand the entire process of hospice care. Social Workers assist the patient and family in understanding medical insurance, securing legal and financial assistance, offering information for needed community resources, teaching personal coping techniques, and providing counsel to patients and family members. In addition, the Social Worker will assist with Advance Directive Education and aspects of final planning.
Spiritual well-being is as important to us as the patient’s physical and emotional wellness. Let us know how we can be helpful. The Hospice Chaplains respect all individuals' spiritual beliefs and are there for guidance and support to the patient, family member or caregiver(s) who requests it. Such counsel helps patients and families cope with feelings of guilt, anger, frustration and sorrow. Our chaplains work with the family’s clergy when possible.
Hospice of Odessa Volunteers provide a tremendous service to our patients and their families. Our volunteers are friendly visitors with a cheerful smile, a listening ear and a caring heart. They are Hospice of Odessa hands and feet for the We Honor Veteran’s Program, Hospice Hounds, Pet Peace of Mind, and other programs. They are glad to spend precious time with the patients as their loved one takes needed respite or an opportunity to attend to personal business.
Bereavement support is provided for the family to aid in the healing process. Support groups meet to provide comfort, peer support and guidance in the work of grief. Hospice of Odessa is committed to the families of our patients after the death of a loved one. Our Bereavement Coordinator is committed to follow families for one year. After that time, bereavement support will continue to be available indefinitely at the family’s request and at no charge.