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Medical Care & Pain Management

Medical Care & Pain Management

The hospice team works closely with the patient’s physician to create a care plan that meets the patient’s needs – medical, emotional, spiritual, and practical. The patient’s physician receives regular updates about the patient’s condition and is consulted for changes in treatments as they are needed. Each hospice team also includes a Hospice Medical Director, a physician with specialized expertise and training in managing the symptoms associated with advanced illness. The Medical Director’s role is to oversee the medical component of the hospice patient’s care. These responsibilities include:

  • Providing advice & consultation to hospice team members and the patient’s physician about pain and symptom management, such as pain, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, anxiety, agitation, depression, fatigue, and many others
  • Certifying/recertifying the patient’s eligibility for hospice services
  • Serving in place of the patient’s physician when he/she is not available
  • Making medical home visits as needed

 

Good Shepherd Hospice Medical Directors have specialty board certification in Hospice & Palliative Medicine.