Caris is possible because of the hard work and compassion of our many employees, volunteers and medical directors. Near the end of life, Caris strives to provide care to patients in the locale of their preference by an interdisciplinary team made up of a nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain, and volunteer who are all supervised by a physician and supported by pharmacists and nurse practitioners. Our goal is to provide everyone who needs hospice an experience that is grounded in excellence by a team of caregivers who are available when needed, day and night, to respond with urgency.
- Medical Directors: Caris medical directors supervise the care of all Caris patients. Medical directors review cases for appropriate admission to hospice, assist team and primary physician with development and approval of a care plan, review and update the plan every 15 days, act as a liaison between the hospice and other health care providers, oversee the education and training of hospice staff, act as a primary physician for those who do not have one, and certify the life expectancy of the patient in consultation with the primary physician.
- Skilled Nursing Professionals: Nurses employed by Caris are trained in hospice and palliative care. They possess pain-management expertise and understand how to relieve the suffering associated with a life-limiting illness. Our nurses make regularly-scheduled visits to the patient’s home and our on-call nursing team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case of emergencies. The nurses at Caris also provide patient and family education as needed.
- Certified Nursing Aides: Our qualified certified nursing aides provide a wide range of personal care services for hospice patients, under the direction and supervision of one of the registered nurses at Caris Healthcare. Duties include feeding patients, helping keep patients clean, etc.
- Chaplains: Spiritual distress can be just as agonizing as physical pain. A chaplain is available to each patient upon request. Our chaplains offer spiritual support for both the terminally ill individual and his/her family. They also assist with funeral arrangements and memorial services as needed.
- Social Workers: All of the social workers employed by Caris Healthcare have an advanced degree in their field. They provide emotional support to hospice patients and their loved ones through individual and group counseling. Our social workers offer guidance to help patients better utilize all available Medicare, Medicaid, and/or private insurance benefits. If a family needs additional financial assistance, our social workers will identify and access community resources on the family’s behalf. They also assist with completing advance directives, funeral planning and family education.
- Bereavement Counselors: Caris Healthcare provides comfort and assistance to loved ones dealing with grief for at least 13 months following the hospice patient’s death. Our bereavement services are extensive and include individual counseling, ongoing grief support groups and quarterly memorial services. All of the bereavement counselors employed by Caris Healthcare have extensive education and expertise in grief management and counseling. Their services are free of charge.
- Volunteers: Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Caris Healthcare team. All of our volunteers receive specialized training to provide companionship and support to hospice patients and their families. Each Caris Healthcare patient is offered the assistance of a hospice volunteer who is available to sit with the patient, run errands and perform household chores among other duties.