Hospice Services Program Offers Compassionate Care to Terminally Ill Patients
Saint Francis’ Hospice Services Program offers ongoing at-home care to patients and their families. Hospice care is dedicated to serving patients with illnesses such as, but not limited to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Renal failure
- Other terminal issues
Patients in declining health can be transitioned from the Palliative Care Program or referred to the Hospice Services Program by their attending physician, a family member or other caregiver. 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 — in their own home, a nursing home or an assisted living facility.
The Hospice Services Program at Saint Francis Medical Center offers a team of caregivers who work together closely to manage pain, offer support and provide necessary treatments to benefit the body and mind. The team provides continuous, compassionate and customized at-home care for those nearing end of life. The team consists of:
- Referring and/or attending physicians
- On-call nurses
- Hospice aides
- Therapists and social workers
- Chaplains and grief counselors
- Trained volunteer companions
This caring team provides patients and their families comfort, a personalized plan and the very best care possible, with the help of the Medical Center’s many resources.
Medicare and Medicaid benefits and many 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.
For more information about the Hospice Services Program or to refer a patient, contact 573-331-3177.
Saint Francis Hospice Services offers a bereavement support group to anyone who has suffered a loss. The goal of this meeting is to provide support and education as you take the next steps in your life. More information available on the Stepping Stones Bereavement Support page.