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Home Care Services -- Hospice

Great Plains Home Care Services include Home Health, Hospice care and Healthy Start. Home Health Care includes services of Visiting Nurses, Therapies, Home Health Aides and Medical Social Services. Home Health offers a convenient and comfortable way to recover from and illness, injury or surgery. Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides support to terminally ill persons and their families. Our Hospice Team empowers individuals with terminal illnesses to experience life to the fullest with dignity and comfort. Healthy Start offers educational home visits for pregnant women and families with children from birth to five years of age who meet criteria.

“Too many people don’t know about the wonderful work Hospice does. Words can’t express how much Hospice helped our family cope with Mom’s illness and death. We could call at 3 am and talk to someone if needed. We appreciate the program so much.” A family member

Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides support to terminally ill persons and their families. Our Hospice Team empowers individuals with terminal illnesses to experience life to the fullest with dignity and comfort. We strive for two main goals:
To maintain pain and symptom control enabling individuals to participate in life as fully as possible.
To provide families with the knowledge needed for patients’ care throughout the dying process.

We carry out the Hospice philosophy with an interdisciplinary team that include the patient, family, physician, nurse, social worker, volunteers, pharmacist, and the patient’s clergy. In Hospice, the family continues to care for the patient with the support and training of the Hospice Team. Special attention is given to pain management and symptom control while maintaining patient dignity. Hospice patients are living with a wide range of diagnoses including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, lung disease and other life-limiting illness. Hospice Services begin with admission and continue on with bereavement support. Many surviving family members say, “I don’t know what I would have done without Hospice.” Many credit Hospice with helping to make their final days with their loved ones warm and memorable.

Hospice services include: On-call, 24/7 Professional Visiting Nurses: Nurses provide a comprehensive assessment of the total health needs of the patient with an emphasis on pain and symptom management. Nurses provide education about symptoms and facilitate comfort care. They partner with the family to enhance the care of the patient. Along with the Hospice team they help patients their family and friends to focus on what’s most important to them, allowing people to spend time together, share memories, say goodbyes, find peace or care for one another. There is a Hospice nurse on call 24/7.

Personal care provided by Hospice Aides: Hospice Aides give personal care such as bathing, hair and nail care. They work under the supervision of a skilled registered nurse. Home Health Aides also assist with therapeutic exercises, transfer and gait training as directed by the physical therapist. They assist with providing comfort care.

Social services and counseling: Medical Social Workers determine the social and emotional needs of patients and their families. They help the patient and family find community resources and plan for the needs of the patient. They assist the patient and family in identifying financial concerns and they coordinate services the patient may need. They also offer information and assistance with advance directives. They assist with caregiver needs and offer emotional support to patient and family.

Bereavement Support: Hospice provides continued contact and support for family and friends for at least a year after the death of a loved one. The Hospice Bereavement Program includes Hospice Cares Newsletter, other mailings, phone contacts, visits, monthly support groups and Understanding Your Grief Journey classes.

Volunteer services: The Hospice program has many volunteers who give their time to others. Caring individuals with varied backgrounds are drawn from every part of the community to serve as members of the Hospice Team. After completing a formal training program, many volunteers work directly with patients and families while others choose non-patient related activities.

Hospice Volunteers can provide but are not limited to: * Daytime, evening, weekend, and overnight respite care * Companionship (visit, listen to concerns, play cards, watch TV/movies, read to patient, provide music, or just simply be present) * Meal preparation (get a meal started or bring something in) * Help with thank you notes, cards, etc. * Transportation (to Dr. appointments or to shop) * Assistance with transfers (to and from: bed, recliner, wheelchair, bathroom, commode) * Light housekeeping and yard assistance (including mowing, snow removal) * Spiritual Support (prayer, read scripture, deliver communion) * Pet care

Volunteer Training: Hospice Volunteer Training is offered in February each year. To register or request more information call Volunteer Coordinator at 308-696-7918.

Spiritual Support: The Hospice Chaplain ministers to spiritual concerns of patient and family. The Chaplain also coordinates with the patient’s personal clergy to provide the spiritual care.

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