The Hospice Care Team

Neighborscaring for neighbors.

Our interdisciplinary team of clinicians are from the local community and are your family, friends and neighbors, not someone from out of the area.

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A Team Approach to Hospice Care

As your Hometown Hospice, we are neighbors taking care of neighbors. The care team works together to meet the physical needs of patients, and emotional and spiritual needs of their families. Our team stands willing to serve you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Your hospice care team includes:

Your Personal Physician: to continue direct medical care utilizing the hospice staff as their eyes and ears.

Hospice Medical Directors:  to consult with the patient’s physician and all members of the patient’s team to build a comprehensive medical plan. 

Nurses:  to visit the patient as often as needed, managing the physical needs of the patient and providing care management.  Nurses also provide education to family members or caregivers about the disease process.  Our nurses are experts in pain and symptom control.

Hospice Aides:  to provide personal care for the patient, including bathing, grooming, changing bed linens and other light household tasks.

Family Support Counselors/Social Workers:  to offer support for the emotional, social and practical needs of the patient and their family.  They coordinate community resources to help families solve personal and financial problems created by a life-limiting illness.

Hospice Chaplains:  upon request, to help with the spiritual needs of patients and families.  Hospice serves people of all faiths, respecting individual beliefs.

Music Therapists:  to treat pain, anxiety, depression, and disorientation through the use of live music. 

Volunteers: are carefully screened and trained to provide support and companionship for patients and families. A volunteer can stay with a patient while a caregiver takes some personal time for themself.

Grief Support Counselors:  to offer assistance and support to family and friends before, during and after their hospice experience.  The Caring Tree program provides specialized grief support for children and teens.

Alternative Therapies: to offer an additional approach to providing care to a patient. Big Bend Hospice offers Animal Therapy services through a partnership with the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Animal Therapy program.

Services can be provided in the patient’s own home, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, a hospital or at the Big Bend Hospice Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House. Big Bend Hospice provides care based on medical need regardless of age, sex, race, religion, lifestyle or ability to pay. If you would like more information about our services, give us a call today.