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Sep 24, 2021

Hospice interdisciplinary teams provide the best care possible for seriously ill people, no matter where they call home.  Whether it’s a long term care facility (nursing home), assisted living facility, private residence or apartment, halfway house, a homeless shelter, or on the streets, end of life care professionals try to meet the needs of the patient in the patient’s own space.  Coordinating with other care providers is key.  Talking with facility staff or care coordinators should happen with every visit, and every time there’s a change in the patient’s condition.  The other key action is communication with the family, whoever the patient has identified as those who are important to him or involved in the care.  Part of caring for the patient is caring for the caregivers or family.  Hospice team members should contact family members every time a visit is made, or if the needs of a patient change.  Facility staff needs the support of the team when it comes to bereavement after the death of the patient as well.  The Heart of Hospice is here to support you with more information about hospice care, so check out to find resources on hospice philosophy and basics, advance care planning, and all of our archived podcasts from The Heart of Hospice.  Send any questions or inquiries about speaking engagements for Jerry Fenter or Helen Bauer to  We’re here to support your end of life journey - you are The Heart of Hospice.