Hospice Care team
Our hospice care medical director, hospice nurses, social workers, home health aides, clergy, therapists, trained volunteers, and each client’s personal health care provider work together to provide whole person care.
Our holistic approach neither hastens nor postpones death but strives to make each day as meaningful as possible. We aim to relieve symptoms and give social, emotional, and spiritual support.
Each hospice client is cared for by an individually assigned nurse who makes both regularly scheduled and as-needed visits to the client to manage pain and symptoms. The goal of pain and symptom control is to help our clients to be comfortable while also allowing them to remain in control of their lives and sufficiently alert to be able to make important decisions.
Prescriptions, medical equipment, and supplies
Hospice provides prescriptions, equipment, and supplies directly related to the hospice client’s diagnosis at no cost to the patient.
Assist with bathing, oral care, hair and nail care, and shaving of the Hospice client. The aides are available to coach caregivers about proper skin care, positioning, and safe transfer to and from bed.
Our hospice care volunteers are available to assist clients and their families by providing breaks for regular caregiver, transportation, run errands, help with household chores, and serve as an occasional companion to the client. Volunteers will sit at the bedside, read to the client, write letters on behalf of the client, and share hobbies and special interests.
Additionally, specially trained vigil volunteers are available around the clock for up to three days to accompany the dying and their families while a person is in the active dying process.
Grief support services free of charge to anyone in East Jefferson County who has experienced the death of a loved one. These bereavement programs are supported by the generosity of the Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For further information about any of these services, call Carolyn Cristina Manzoni, Bereavement Coordinator, at 360.385.0610 or 360.385.2200 ext. 4615 or see Events and Support Groups for meeting times and locations.
The hospice team is trained, qualified spiritual care professionals. We are able to discuss your particular end-of-life spiritual issues and provide spiritual care based on your needs and your beliefs, practices, faith traditions, and rituals. Our team can assist your family, friends, caregivers, volunteers, and staff with issues, questions, and grief processes and be a simple, gentle, and loving presence, in silence or in dialogue. We are happy to act as a liaison to local spiritual organizations, congregations, clergy, and other spiritual leaders on your behalf.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Founded in 1978, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the nation’s largest membership organization for providers and professionals who care for people affected by serious and life-limiting illness. Its broad community of members includes local hospice and palliative care providers, networks serving large regions of the United States, and individual professionals.
Monday – Saturday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Onsite nursing 24 hours a day, everyday
2500 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend
Rachel Hug, clinical manager 360.385.2200 ext. 4651