Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care uses an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care. In addition to the individualized attention each team member provides our patients and families, our three teams meet weekly as a group to review all aspects and changes of every patient’s care plan.
Our Medical Director, Dr. Thomas Putnam, works in close collaboration with the patient’s primary care physician. He is the only board certified palliative care physician in Chautauqua County and is widely respected for his special training. Together with other members of our team, the patient and family, and the primary care physician, a unique care plan is agreed upon and overseen.
A Hospice Registered Nurse Case Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating all care for the patient. Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses provide compassionate medical bed-side treatment by monitoring symptoms and vital signs, administrating medications, changing dressings and tending to the patient’s unique medical needs.
Our social workers are integral at every stage of treatment, from exploring insurance coverage at intake to untangling and taming the myriad of issues, large and small, interpersonal or community-related, that are unique to every individual. They offer counseling, support, referrals and education.
Loss and grief can be overwhelming for many family members. Others may need time and help thinking through complex relationships and emotions. Our counselors are available during and after a loved one passes, whether the decedent was under our care or not.
Matters of faith and spirituality take on immense proportion at the end of life and patients often need steadying support through this process. Chaplains are specially trained and available to help connect patients to their faith community according to individual preferences, beliefs and traditions.
Home Health Aides
Home Health Aides are an integral part of Hospice care. They are unique and compassionate professionals who assist patients with hygiene, toileting, skin care and feeding.
A variety of specialized professionals are available to revitalize and enrich the lives of those in our care. These include Speech, Physical, Occupational, Music Therapy, Massage or Reiki Therapy. In addition, the Hospice team can request a Registered Dietician to assist with nutrition.
Hospice volunteers are special people and important to the care we provide. While volunteers help with many aspects of our work including administration, special events, etc., a special contingent of highly trained volunteers assist our patients and families. They provide companionship and friendship to patients, as well as respite for caregivers.