Our homecare teams are Interdisciplinary teams providing hospice services and support to patient and caregivers in their home environment. Each team is divided up to serve a specific geographical area. Each member of the Interdisciplinary team (Nurse, Social Worker, Chaplain, Nursing Assistant) provides discipline specific services within their scope of practice to their assigned patients, while working as a collaborative team to support our mission.
The chaplain serves as the spiritual care professional resource for the interdisciplinary team. Responsible for providing spiritual care to individuals and their families through assessment, goals, interventions and specific care at time of death; Coordinates plan of care by working to anticipate and meet patient needs and address specific plan of care goals.Works closely with related disciplines to ensure professional service delivery. May provide grief care if in a dual chaplain/grief care role.
- Assumes responsibility for the provision of spiritual care for patients/caregivers
- Encourages the enhancement of the patient/caregivers spiritual awareness, the clarification of life’s meaning, and the strengthening of well-being.
- Invites patients and families to share and explore their beliefs and practices while respecting each person’s unique religious and/or spiritual view and practice.
- Provides prayer, sacraments, religious rites, scripture and other religious literature, funeral planning, education, referrals, as well as requested ceremonies such as funerals and memorial services and other activities that may be implemented as interventions.
- Develops, implements, and evaluates plan of care for patients/caregivers which incorporates therapeutic, preventive, and palliative spiritual care. Evaluates and updates plan of care as goals and objectives are achieved or changed.
- Initiates and maintains a liaison relationship with community spiritual care resources to effectively coordinate multidisciplinary care. Consults with the patient, caregivers, physicians, facility staff and interdisciplinary team when initiating care and when significant changes in care needs occur. Reliably communicates pertinent information to appropriate members of the interdisciplinary team.
- Provides information to enhance continuity to grief care services after the death of a patient.
- Participates in interdisciplinary team conferences (IDT) and special case conferences.
- Provides anticipatory grief services according to plan of care and consults as needed with grief care team regarding anticipatory grief interventions or need for early intervention referral to grief care department.
- Maintains caseload and productivity according to current standards
Assumes responsibility for the effective and professional delivery of health services
- Schedules visits in advance based on prioritized judgment of case load needs.
- Prepares for visits, anticipates care needs, reviews plan of care and patient information, and obtains needed materials and educational resources for patients/caregiver.
- Makes visits to provide needed care. Follows established plan of care, evaluates patient/caregiver responses to determine progress toward goals, and revises plan of care as necessary.
- Provides interventions consistent with the plan of care and performs all interventions required for each visit. Identifies new problems or needs when they occur.
- Facilitates patient and caregiver independence to the extent possible.
- Plans work day to respond to priorities as well as to minimize travel time.
- Actively participates in discipline specific meetings and works to increase knowledge of evidence-based spiritual care, evolving role of spiritual care provider, diagnosis and treatment of spiritual pain and other educational topics presented in these meetings.
- Consistently strives to provide care that meets our Exceptional Care/Exceptional Experience standards.