Our People Make the Difference
Excellent care and genuine compassion
At Altus Hospice, we’re selective about who we hire. More than just core competencies for each discipline, each individual must meet certain criteria to ensure they are truly passionate about those they serve. To make our team the best possible companions for our patients’ journey, we never stop investing in our staff’s training.
Your care team is composed of a diverse group of highly trained healthcare professionals. The backgrounds and experiences of each member yield a care solution that is comprehensive and tailored to meet the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient. Some of the members of your care team include:
The medical director oversees your entire healthcare team and ensures that protocol is met for pain and symptom management. He/She is responsible for your care and works closely with your physician and other medical professionals to create a plan that fits your individual needs.
Patients have the option to have their doctor involved in their care. If you choose to do so, your physician will work in collaboration with our medical director to assure you receive continuity of care and a well-versed healthcare plan.
Social workers provide support and experience in dealing with non-medical concerns, such as legal and financial issues, accessing needed resources and planning for the future. They are also trained to help address social and psychological needs that arise as a result of dealing with a life-threatening illness.
Non-denominational chaplains offer spiritual support directly or in collaboration with the patient and family’s clergy or spiritual counselor. Our chaplains honor the diversity in religious beliefs and backgrounds of our patients.
Bereavement support is vital to help patients and loved ones deal with the phases of grief and move them toward acceptance as soon as they join us in their journey. Services are available for families for a minimum of 13 months after the patient has passed. Altus Hospice also aids in making funeral arrangements.
Our compassionate and highly trained volunteers have a passion for serving those with a terminal condition. They offer their time to provide grief counseling, give practical assistance, run errands or simply give companionship to our patients.
Probably the most accessible members of your care team, your nurses are extremely important advocates for you. There will be a charge nurse that is responsible for your overall care, while several nurses will visit you as often as necessary to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need when you need it. This team also provides support and valuable information to your family members on how best to care for you.
Nurse Assistants & Home Health Aides
This group helps with daily personal care and hygiene, such as bathing and grooming. The more they visit, the more they will become a source of emotional support and companionship for patients and their families.