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The roles of the hospice care team participants

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2023 | Compliance

Texas families deciding on hospice care for their family members are among the participants involved. The hospice patient might have a will listing their final wishes regarding hospice care, advanced directives and other factors. Some hospice patients prefer their home, while others might not object to a hospice facility. Every team member must comply with state and federal laws regarding hospice care.

Hospice law protects patients from negligent care by any medical professional or other person charged with harming a palliative care person. The hospice care team consists of skilled professionals who assist near-death patients. Other team members could be partners, kids, relatives, or friends.

What’s included in hospice care?

Hospice laws and regulations vary, including administering treatments that prolong life. Pain reduction, spiritual and mental counseling and respite care for family members are provided; however, respite care might only be available for primary family caregivers. Reviewing different hospice facilities is a great way to learn what provisions are offered and which hospice plan works best for your family.

The roles of hospice team members

If able, the healthcare providers, the family members and the patient decide when hospice is the right option. The patient and their family can start the transition if the physician(s)recommend hospice care. The team’s roles vary accordingly:

• Physicians: Diagnose and recommend hospice. Also, prescribe pain meds as


• Counselors: Prepare patient and family for the end of life, care and coping

with loss.

• Social workers: Help with medical costs, placing minor children and more.

• Hospice staff: Helps with daily activities such as dressing, bathing and other

practical needs.

• Family: Offers the most support and patient advocacy.

Bereavement counselors supplement therapists by offering specific advice about palliative care. Financial advisors make a welcome addition to the hospice team care when considering estate asset distribution.