As part of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, RVNAhealth celebrates the work of our multi-disciplinary Hospice team. Hospice is a service that helps keep those diagnosed with a life-limiting condition and prognosis of six months or less - and their loved ones - as comfortable and peaceful as possible in the patient’s final stages of life. In addition to expert medical professionals, our Hospice team consists of social workers, care managers, musical therapists, bereavement and spiritual care experts, and volunteers. Today, we explore the role of spiritual care.
Fundamentally, spiritual care is not about a religious affiliation - it’s about where you find meaning and purpose in life. Under Medicare guidelines, pastoral care is a required hospice discipline. Spiritual care coordinators must meet hospice patients and their families during the first five days of care. After that, patients have the right to decline spiritual care at any time.