Enloe Hospice Team
At Enloe Medical Center, we are committed to creating a nurturing environment where patients are surrounded by caring staff and supported with resources that promote healing of the body, mind and spirit. Our hospice team offers practical assistance, compassion, reassurance and care when it’s needed most.
Members of the Hospice Team
In most cases, the patient's personal physician continues to be involved in the care of their patients who are enrolled in hospice. The doctor remains in charge, providing the hospice team with the supervision and physician orders that enable us to respond quickly should new symptoms or problems occur. The hospice team keeps the physician aware of the patient’s condition, and the physician will continue to prescribe necessary medication. Enloe Hospice’s Medical Director, who is a doctor, regularly consults with the hospice team as well.
Registered nurses will regularly visit and assess the patient. They help with pain management and control of other symptoms. Nurses also give instruction on other comfort measures and can help to explain what might be expected.
A Medical Social Worker also will visit each patient to help identify and obtain needed community resources; give supportive counseling to patient and family for adaptive response to change and loss; supply information about healthy coping mechanisms; improve communication and understanding among family members; offer support around grief and available bereavement services; and inform about funeral planning.
The physical therapist works with patients and their family members or other caregivers in developing a plan to maximize functional mobility, safety, strength and comfort. This may include instruction in adaptive techniques for walking and transfers, equipment use, massage or a gentle exercise program as desired.
These team members provide personal care such as bathing, dressing and linen changes.
A consulting pharmacist provides the hospice team with information on drug interactions, side effects, and alternative medication options as necessary.
Dietician, Speech Therapist, or Occupational Therapist
Spiritual Care Volunteers
These volunteer team members are available to provide non-denominational spiritual support to patients and/or caregivers. Some examples of the services can include faith-based support respectful of and consistent with the patient’s beliefs; exploration of what gives meaning to a patient’s life; help with resolving unfinished business with family and friends; sharing of inspirational readings or music that nurtures the soul; and silent and/or prayerful companionship at the bedside.
Other Trained Volunteers
These hospice- trained individuals act as helpers to patients and caregivers, often freeing the caregiver to attend to other functions. A professional Volunteer Coordinator oversees education and training, and matches a volunteer to the needs of a patient. Their services can include provision of free time to the caregiver; practical assistance by running errands, reading aloud, writing letters; emotional support through being present with companionship and listening; bereavement support by offering assistance and calls as requested by the family; and quality of life enhancement wherever possible.
Hear From Our Team
- "We believe hospice care is about compassion and quality of life." Hear more. (mp3)
- "We believe in improving the quality of your life at home." Hear more. (mp3)
(530) 332-6060 | Toll Free (800) 822-8102 (ask to be transferred to Enloe Hospice) | Email | Map
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For Enloe Hospice Patients: An on-call nurse is available 24 hours a day for advice, support or a home visit as necessary