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therapists are available through hospice to help a patient maintain comfort or quality of life. Some hospices may also provide complimentary therapies such as music, art, pet and massage. BEREAVEMENT COUNSELOR: Bereavement counselors provide support to family members before death and after the death of the loved one. Bereavement counselors may provide oneon one counseling and also organize support groups. Bereavement support includes helping the patient and the patient’s loved ones close out their lives together. Often, the support groups are open to other members of the community who may also be grieving. VOLUNTEER: Hospice volunteers are members of the community who have special interest and specialized training. Volunteers provide companionship for the patient and relief for the caregiver. Volunteers are very important members of the interdisciplinary group. Patientfamily volunteers perform many functions including sitting with patients, running errands for the patient or caregiver, providing emotional support, and relaying information to other members of the interdisciplinary group for follow-up. The volunteer training curriculum includes an introduction to hospice, the patientfamily volunteer role, concepts of death and dying, communication skills, care and comfort measures, diseases and medical conditions, psychosocial and spiritual issues related to death and dying, stress management, bereavement, infection control, safety, confidentiality, and patient rights. *Other professionals may join the hospice team when needed. My care never takes a day off. As Richard’s symptoms grew difficult for his family to manage, they needed support through the weekend. Fortunately, Cornerstone’s sevenday case management model allowed us to stay in his corner every day of the week. Richard’s endof life needs don’t go off the clock. Neither do we. 866.742.6655 // cornerstonehospice.org Cornerstone is committed to caring for all hospice patients regardless of payer source or ability to pay. 100% covered by Medicare & Medicaid www.PolkElderCare.com 51


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