The Hospice Spiritual Care Counselor is a member of the Village Home Health and Hospice staff and is available to assist patients and families cope with significant spiritual issues that arise during terminal and severe illnesses.
Spiritual Care services include regular pastoral care visits, counseling, 24/7 on-call availability, and funeral and memorial services as requested. The Hospice Spiritual Care Counselor will also contact clergy or pastoral counselors from any faith tradition that the patient and/or family requests to see.
A vital part of hospice is the carefully selected and well-trained volunteers that work alongside our professional staff. These individuals provide additional support for patients and their families coping with terminal illness, grief and loss. Volunteers are used on both a regular basis and on call as needed. They provide services such as:
- Reading Newspaper and/or Stories
- Holding a Hand During a Supportive Visit
- Accompanying on Walks
- Assisting with Phone Calls
- Friendly Visit
- Offering Spiritual Care
- Pet Therapy Visit
Bereavement services are an integral part of the hospice program. Following a terminal diagnosis, patients and families often struggle with grief. Village Home Health and Hospice Social Workers and Spiritual Counselor are available to assist families during this difficult time.
These services are available to family members for a period of one year after the patient's passing. They include regular mailings to provide support and education, phone contacts and personal visits by staff to provide emotional support.