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What is hospice?

Hospice is not a place, but rather a concept of care. Hospice care promotes quality of life and seeks to relieve symptoms, provide emotional and spiritual support and, most importantly, allows a person to live his or her remaining days with dignity.

Hospice recognizes dying as part of the living process and focuses on maintaining the quality of remaining life. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death.

Hospice care can be implemented wherever you call home; whether at a home, nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility. The hospice team at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospice is dedicated to assisting you and your loved ones in attaining your goals at this very difficult time and helping you live each day to the fullest.

What services does hospice offer?

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospice services are designed to support your physical, emotional and spiritual goals. These services may include, but are not limited to:
  • Oversight of your care by the hospice board certified medical director in collaboration with your primary physician.
  • Regular nursing visits by a hospice nurse who specializes in symptom management and end-of-life care.
  • Registered nurses available 24-hours per day, 7-days per week.
  • Hospice social workers available to assist you with future planning and provide support and resources during this very difficult time.
  • Certified nursing assistant and homemaker visits to assist you with personal care and homemaking needs.
  • Spiritual care services offered for spiritual support.
  • Volunteer services to meet a variety of individual and caregiver needs.
  • Therapy services, such as physical and occupational therapy for improved independence and functional abilities.
  • Medications and equipment provided based on individualized needs.
  • Bereavement services for grieving family members.
Who qualifies for hospice?

A person with a terminal illness with limited life expectancy and is no longer seeking aggressive treatment may qualify.

How can I get hospice services?

Anyone can make a referral to Hospice by calling (920) 457-5770.

Who pays for hospice care?

 Hospice may be covered by:
• Private health insurance
• Medicare
• Medicaid
• Private pay

Services will not be denied due to inability to pay.
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