Our Expert Team

Our Expert Team

Medical Director

Dr. Mark Scheier specializes in palliative care serves as the Medical Director. His role is to work with the patient’s primary care physician or if requested, become the primary physician during hospice care. The doctors work closely with the other members to ensure the patient’s comfort. The Medical Director also oversees the plan of care and educates the team on best practices in pain and symptom management.

Registered Nurses

Our experienced Registered Nurses are specifically trained in pain management and symptom control. Your nurse will work closely with the doctors to coordinate a personalized care plan and oversee any changes and adjustments needed to maintain comfort. The nurse is focused on compassionate listening and honoring your wishes as they relate to your clinical care.

Home Health Aides

Your Home Health Aide provides personal care when the time comes, preserving dignity and comfort. The health aide may also assist with educating the primary caregiver to provide support with the following tasks, to help the patient remain comfortable between visits.

  • Bathing
  • Toileting or incontinent care
  • Cleaning and filing nails
  • Transferring from bed to chair or chair to bed
  • Assistance with walking
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Changing of bed sheets
  • Light housekeeping

Medical Social Worker

Your Social Worker has been specially trained in helping families facing the challenges of a life limiting illness. If the stress of communicating needs among family members feels overwhelming, your social worker can help facilitate a family meeting to talk about your feelings and wishes. She will help identify any benefits you are qualified to receive and assist with insurance (Medicare/ Medi-Cal) paperwork, veteran benefits and the coordination of advanced directives, ensuring the patient’s wishes are documented and followed.

Chaplain

Personal faith plays an important role in the physical and emotional well-being of the patient and family. Spiritual care is non-denominational support service provided by a chaplain, designed to meet your needs or connect you with a clergy of choice within your community. Your chaplain is also available for grief counseling and coordinates all bereavement and support activities. To learn more click here.

Volunteers

As part of the interdisciplinary team, volunteers help to ensure patients will spend their hospice journey in comfort and with dignity. Volunteer roles range from visiting patients in their home (which can include nursing homes, assisted living communities or private residences) to assisting with administrative support in the office. Volunteers also provide bereavement support, such as sending out letters to bereaved families or contributing to community awareness related to the philosophy of hospice. There is no experience necessary, just a heart that is passionate about helping others. We invite you to learn more about volunteering with us by clicking here.

Pharmacists

Sonoran Winds Hospice is contracted with a local pharmacy, specializing in hospice care. The pharmacy is available around the clock to answer medication questions and provide consultation for our nurses and physicians. Medications are delivered to your home, or wherever the patient calls home.

You are Unique and
Your Situation is Special:

Together we will create a care plan that is right for you. In moments of medical emergency most symptoms can be managed quickly, within the comfort of your home. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day to assist you.

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