Pastoral Care

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    Taxonomy Code: LH-6300.6400

    Departments within hospitals, HMOs and other health care institutions that provide for the spiritual care of patients with severe, chronic or terminal conditions, their families and staff, regardless of their religious traditions. Pastoral care workers work cooperatively with the health care team; listen, elicit and respond to individual religious/spiritual needs; identify and clarify ethical issues related to end-of-life treatment and care; provide bereavement support for family members, significant others and professional staff; and ensure that treatment addresses the whole person, not just his or her medical needs. The service is provided by licensed clergy or trained, accredited spiritual care volunteers.

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    HOSPICE HOME PROGRAMProvides individualized plan of care for terminally ill patients and their families. Coordinated team of health professionals and volunteers include registered nurses, home health aides, medical social workers and physical, clinical dietician, occupational and speech therapists. Offers symptom control and pain management, acupuncture, pastoral care, respite care and bereavement counseling.SuffolkHOSPICE HOME PROGRAMVISITING NURSE SERVICE AND HOSPICE OF SUFFOLK, INC.

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