Home Health

Home Health & Hospice Services Program

Home Healthcare in Southeast Missouri

Saint Francis Healthcare System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

The Home Health program at Saint Francis Medical Center is staffed by caring, highly skilled therapists, nurses and home health aides. These individuals provide various healthcare services to people confined to their homes in the southeast Missouri region. We are accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the state of Missouri.

Depending on the type of illness or disability, the cost of Home Health services and equipment may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, private insurance or workers’ compensation.

The Home Health team at Saint Francis develops individualized plans of care for qualified patients based on input from physicians and at-home caregivers. Home Health services at Saint Francis include:

  • Physical therapy:
    • Walking
    • Gait training
    • Home exercises
    • Prosthetic instructions
    • Rehabilitation
    • Restorative therapy
  • Occupational therapy: assess patient needs and provide assistance/instructions to improve daily living activities through alternative means and assistive devices.
  • Speech therapy: evaluate, assist and instruct patients and their at-home caregivers on how to improve speech, cognitive and swallowing problems.
  • Medical social services: assess and counsel those with social and emotional needs and coordinate assistance through community resources.
  • Home health aides: assist with daily living activities and provide personal care (available only when skilled nursing or therapist is ordered).
  • Skilled nursing:
    • Observation, assessment, postoperative follow-up treatment
    • Medication evaluation
    • Laboratory sample collection
    • Dressing changes
    • Catheter/ostomy care
    • Injections
    • Administration of IVs
    • Patient/caregiver teaching
    • Physician reports
    • On-call 24 hours per day, seven days a week

Counties Served

  • Bollinger
  • Cape Girardeau
  • Mississippi
  • New Madrid
  • Perry
  • Scott
  • Stoddard

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm



Hospice Services Program

Saint Francis’ Hospice Services Program offers ongoing at-home care to patients and their families. Hospice care is dedicated to serving patients with conditions such as, but not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • End Stage Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • AIDS
  • Other terminal illness as determined by a physician

Patients in declining health can be referred to the Hospice Services Program by their attending physician, a family member or other caregiver. It offers a full continuum of medical care 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 compassionate and customized care for those nearing end of life. The team consists of:

  • Medical Director and Attending Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Personal care and homemaker services
  • Social Worker and Grief Counselor
  • Chaplain
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapist
  • Trained Volunteers

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.

Donations are appreciated and help with medications and equipment patients are unable to afford. Donate now!

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.

Counties Served

  • Bollinger
  • Cape Girardeau
  • Parts of New Madrid
  • Perry
  • Scott
  • Stoddard

Bereavement Support

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.

Hospice Memorial Service