Our Team

 

We believe emotional and spiritual pain is just as real and in need of attention as physical pain. In order to cherish life as fully as possible in its final chapter, we provide a team of professionals who work together to address each patient’s individual needs: physical, emotional and spiritual.

Physicians

Attending physicians certify admission of terminally ill patients to Hospice of the Calumet Area. A patient whose prognosis is six months or less, if the disease runs its normal course, is appropriate for our care.

 

The attending physician continues to manage the patient’s care. The physician retains control of patient care through:

  • Writing or validating order for medications, equipment and treatments

  • Receiving updated reports from the Hospice team regarding the patient’s condition

  • Monitoring the progress of the patient’s disease

Patients admitted in the Hospice of the Calumet Area program may continue to receive services from their attending physicians.

Nurses

Registered nurses are key to our philosophy of care of maintaining quality of life. By assessing the patient’s physical/medical needs, collaborating with their attending physician and providing direct patient care, they help maintain the patient’s quality of life through pain and symptom management.

 

Hospice nurses:

  • Teach the caregiving family members the skills needed to increase their confidence to care for the patient at home

  • Monitor the patient’s condition in order to facilitate changes in the plan of care

  • Utilize appropriate resources to assist the patient and family

  • Help patient and family to understand and address changes as they occur, minimizing associated stress and anxiety

 

A hospice nurse is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions, assist with crisis situations and to respond at the time of death.

Social Workers

Social workers help patients and families to cherish their time together by providing emotional support, education and counseling tailored to meet the needs of each individual and family. The social worker will assist you by providing:

Counseling and Education
Patients and families meet with the social worker to discuss their concerns, emotions and fears to help manage their stress and anxiety.

Counseling for Children
The social worker offers support and guidance to help children and adolescents cope with death and grief.

Planning for Future Needs
The social worker can assist patients in completing advance directives to document their wishes relating to healthcare decisions. They also can provide information on funeral planning.

 

Referrals
The social worker will make sure you are aware of, and get connected with, appropriate hospice support services and community resources.

Spiritual Counselors

Many individuals and families seek meaning in their living and in their dying. Spirituality is about one’s own beliefs. If spiritual support is desired, a hospice spiritual team member can provide help with:

  • Establishing clergy visits of the patient’s religious preference

  • Writing to your clergy and establishing contact

  • Offering direct spiritual support to the patient/family through regularly-scheduled visits

  • Minimizing stress and anxiety as it relates to spiritual concerns

 

The spiritual focus is nondenominational in accordance with the faith and beliefs of the individual patient and family.

Hospice Aides

Hospice of the Calumet Area’s hospice aide staff will assist families with the personal and physical care of their loved ones, and also offer instruction to families to become more confident caregivers. Aides provide the following types of services:

Personal Care:

  • Bath, shower, bed bath

  • Shampoo and hair care

  • Oral hygiene

  • Shave

  • Skin care and massage

  • Range of motion exercises

 

Homemaking Services:

  • Changing bed linens

  • General light housekeeping of patient-care area

  • Meal preparation for the patient

Volunteers

Volunteers always have played an important role at Hospice of the Calumet Area. They are valued members of the Hospice team. They are men and women, young and old, and live in the communities we serve.

We offer a number of volunteer opportunities. Visit our volunteer section to learn more.

Grief Counselors

The experience of loss is a fact of life for everyone. It also can be the most difficult and challenging experience we face. Hospice of the Calumet Area offers a Bereavement Program to all families served. Anyone in our community is welcome to participate.

Board of Directors

Hospice of the Calumet Area is a community-based, not-for-profit organization. Our board of directors is made up of people who live and work in the communities we serve, and we are grateful for their guidance and leadership.

 

Officers

  • Gene Diamond, President

  • Jack Stephens, Vice President

  • Kay Nelson, Secretary

  • Paymon Torabi, Treasurer

 

Board Members

  • Ruthellyn Bobak

  • Janice Dobrinich

  • Dr. Linda Delunas

  • Linda Eisenhauer

  • Donald Fesko

  • Mitchell Gaffigan

  • R. Louie Gonzalez

  • Rebecca Grove

  • William Hasse, III

  • Corey Hecht

  • Patricia Kish

  • Patty Lazzaro

  • Joanne Markiewicz

  • Jeffrey Monberg

  • Rocharda Moore Morris

  • Dr. Lyle R. Munn

  • Paula Neff

  • Ralph Neff

  • David Nellans

  • Linda Randolph

  • Dr. Richard Reffkin

  • Mary Kate Teske

  • Rabbi Leonard Zukrow

 

Friends of Hospice Representative

  • Courtney Markovich, ex-officio

 

Emeritus Members

  • Nate Carras

  • Msgr. Joseph Semancik

 

CEO

  • Adrianne May