The Hospice Team

GOAL: To explain the structure and function of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) in delivering care to patients and their families.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the members of the hospice team.
  • Identify the patient and family as the unit of care and understand that each hospice plan of care is individualized to their needs.
  • Verbalize the basic responsibilities of the hospice team in serving the patient and family as defined by Medicare.
  • Be familiar with the ways in which all team members work together to achieve the patient’s/family’s goals.

Structure of the Hospice Team
The hospice team is made up of individuals representing a variety of disciplines. This range of expertise and perspectives allows the hospice team to provide an integrated, whole-person approach to care.