Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to introduce its Hospice Services Program, devoted to offering compassionate 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. Saint Francis’ hospice care is now offered in a four-county region: Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Perry and Stoddard.
Hospice care is appropriate for any patient who is terminally ill or whose health is rapidly declining. It offers a full continuum of medical care – 24 hours a day, seven days a week — that allows patients to be comfortable in familiar surroundings, whether that’s in their own home, at a nursing home or in an assisted living facility.
“Research shows that hospice care can alleviate some of the care-giving responsibilities and strain that loved ones often carry,” explains Floyd. “It provides added emotional and physical support to the entire family.”
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 issues may also be referred to the Hospice Services Program by their physician, a family member or other caregiver.
The Hospice Services Program team consists of physicians, nurses, home health aides, therapists, chaplains, social workers, grief counselors, trained volunteer companions and other caregivers who closely work together to manage pain, offer comfort and provide all necessary treatments. Respite care is also offered to relieve primary caregivers from time to time.
Medicare and Medicaid benefits plus many private insurance plans cover hospice services, which include home visits, medications, medical equipment, on-call nursing coverage, etc. 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.
“Conversations with chaplains and volunteers really help patients gain valuable insights into their condition and care. They’re available to talk, read to patients and their families, or just listen,” says Floyd. “All of these valuable resources give patients the best quality of life possible.”
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, call 573-331-3177.