Bringing Compassionate Care Home
Saint Francis Medical Center has a new Hospice Services Program devoted to offering ongoing at-home care to patients and their families. Medical oncologist/hematologist Justin D. Floyd, DO, serves as medical director for this program aimed at providing customized and compassionate care for those nearing the end of their life.
- When curative treatment is no longer an option, the Hospice Services Program works closely with Saint Francis’ Palliative Care Program to provide seamless transitional care.
- Patients in declining health due to chronic heart failure, cancer, AIDS, renal failure, Alzheimer’s Disease or other medical issues may also be referred to the Hospice Services Program by their physician, a family member or other caregiver.
The Hospice Services Program is now serving patients who are terminally ill or whose health is rapidly declining in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Perry and Stoddard counties. It offers a full continuum of care that allows patients to be comfortable in familiar surroundings — in their own home, at a nursing home or in an assisted-living facility.
The team consists of physicians, nurses, home health aides, therapists, chaplains, social workers, grief counselors, trained volunteer companions and other caregivers who manage pain, offer comfort and provide all necessary treatments to care for the body and mind. They also help alleviate some of the care-giving responsibilities that loved ones have.
Medicare and Medicaid benefits plus many private insurance plans cover hospice services for patients in the final six months of life. However, Saint Francis’ Hospice Services Program will always provide care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Donations to Hospice Services Program are accepted through Saint Francis Foundation at www.foundation.sfmc.net or by calling 573-331-5133.
For more information about Saint Francis’ new Hospice Services Program, contact 573-331-3177.