Our hospice program is a state-licensed, Medicare-certified, and Joint Commission-accredited program at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital.
Hospice services are available to anyone who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, Alzheimer’s or dementia and has a limited life expectancy and are no longer seeking curative treatment.
Hospice services are appropriate for those suffering from cancer, end stage cardiac or respiratory conditions, AIDS, end stage renal disease and other illnesses that are life limiting.
Hospice recognizes dying as part of the normal process of living and focuses on maintaining the quality of life remaining. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. It exists in the hope and belief that, through appropriate care and the promotion of a caring community sensitive to personal needs, patients and their families may be free to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them.
The Hospice team, consisting of the patient's own physician, a Medical Director, nurses, social workers, counselors, bath aids, therapists, volunteers and spiritual care representative,
works with the patient, family, and caregivers to develop a plan of care that meets the needs of everyone involved. Hospice care seeks to relieve symptoms, provide emotional support, and most importantly, allow a person to live his/her remaining days with dignity in the setting of their choosing. Hospice is provided wherever the patient calls home.
The Palliative Care program at HSHS St. Nicholas Home Health and Hospice is available to those who have been diagnosed with a life limiting or chronic illness but are still seeking curative treatment and may have a life expectancy that is greater than six months. Palliative Care focuses on symptom management and retention of independence with the goal of preventing re-hospitalization. Palliative Care services include availability of nursing visits, home health aide visits for personal care, social worker consultation for future planning or assistance in accessing community resources, pastoral support, homemaking services and volunteer services.
Palliative Care is typically a private pay service as it is not reimbursable by Medicare, Medicaid, or most private insurances. A member of the Palliative Care team is available for consultation to discuss payment arrangements and services available.
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Anorexia (lack of appetite) occurs in about 65% of all Hospice patients. Remember, it's the disease, not the lack of food, that is the cause of the steady decline of your loved one. For more information, read the most commonly asked questions and get the answers, reminders and tips you need to make your loved one the most comfortable while in Hospice care.
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