Even during a public health crisis, hospice and palliative care professionals rise to the challenge of providing compassionate, person-centered care in the community. Gilchrist shares how the many members of their interdisciplinary team support each other and their community in times of need.
The way our teams at Gilchrist deliver care is much different today than a few months ago. There are fewer in-person visits and more virtual ones, and those used to offering a hug or a comforting touch must offer only words instead.
In addition to their usual care, our staff now have the added responsibility of addressing families’ fear and uncertainty. The work is difficult, but they are pushing past the challenges to do what they are trained to do. Here are just a few of our many Faces of Caring.
Palliative Care for COVID+ Patients
Since March, our palliative care nurse practitioners have been working day in and day out with the COVID-positive nursing home population. They help the residents and their families cope with the illness and the associated losses, as well as their symptoms. They also facilitate difficult and often sad conversations, ultimately helping patients set their goals of care and weigh their medical decisions.
|Pictured: Nurse practitioners Tracie Morgan, Amanda Wiese and Esther Schaftel |
Hospice for COVID+ Patients
|Pictured: Hospice nurses Delores Williams and Erica D'Alesandro|
|Pictured: Hospice nurses Kristin Metzger and Oksana Horwitz|
|Pictured: Pediatric hospice patient Amanda Gonzales with sister, Sarah, and music therapist Lacy Kidwell|
|Pictured: Grief counselor Carol Hallinan|
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