Hospice patients with dementia require individualized care since disease progression can vary from person to person. The hospice team works in conjunction with the patient’s regular health care provider to develop a flexible care plan to account for day-to-day changes in the patient’s condition.
Late-stage dementia patients can often not make their needs known, so they rely on hospice staff and caregivers to remain aware of potential issues and ongoing needs. Some things covered by a comprehensive hospice dementia care plan include:
- Pain and symptom control
- Infection prevention, wound care, and skincare
- Emotional support
- Spiritual assistance
Our hospice team is made up of a variety of professionals and volunteers. A team manager coordinates care. Some members of a hospice team include:
- Social workers
- Clergy members
For patients with specific medical care needs, hospice coordinates the acquisition and maintenance of medical equipment, medication, and medical supplies.