The Penn Wissahickon Hospice's services are provided by a team of professionals and volunteers. Together with the patient's doctor and the patient's family, the team develops a plan of care based on the individual patient's needs. Penn Wissahickon Hospice team members include the patient's physician, the hospice medical director, registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, volunteers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and therapists. Each team member performs an important role and helps to ensure that each patient and family receives a high quality level of care.
The Patient's PhysicianThe patient's physician remains in charge of the patient's medical care and receives updates from the hospice nurse on a regular basis.
Associate Medical DirectorsEach team has a medical director. Each team's medical director works with the patient's physician and the hospice interdisciplinary team on the care plan. Care plans are reviewed regularly with the team. The team's medical director will:
Registered nurses provide in-home care based on the patient's physician's orders. Nurses visit the patient 1-3 times weekly or daily in a time of crisis. The Penn Wissahickon Hospice has nurses available to help solve problems 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will:
Social workers offer counseling and emotional support to the patient and the patient's family. Visits are scheduled weekly or as needed. Social workers will:
Home Health Aides
Home health aides are trained in personal care and the special needs of hospice patients. Visits are scheduled 3-5 times a week as needed: (under special conditions aides may be provided up to 7 times a week.) They work under the direction of the registered nurse. Aides provide assistance with:
Volunteers visit the patient 1-2 times weekly or as needed. Volunteers are familiar with the community in which the patient lives and are specially trained to provide many different services including:
Chaplains can provide pastoral care for patients and families of all faiths. A basic belief of hospice is that each of us is a spiritual being who is looking for personal peace and answers to life's questions. The chaplain can:
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy
PT, OT, or ST is available if ordered by the patiens physician.
The Penn Wissahickon Hospice offers supportive services to survivors of hospice patients during the year following a patient's death. Counselors help survivors express and work through their feelings of loss and grief. All bereavement services are provided at no charge. Bereavement services include: