Meet Our Carroll Caregivers | Brooke Schiltz

We’re Keeping It Local – Look for the Purple Scrubs!

Hospice of the Midwest is proud to serve the town of Carroll, Iowa and its surrounding communities. We are dedicated to providing exceptional in-home hospice care and pride ourselves on our local caregivers. We would love for the Carroll community to get to know our team better (although many of you might know some of these ladies), so please read on to learn more about Hospice of the Midwest caregiver, Brooke.

Meet Brooke Schiltz

Just down the road from Carroll, in Breda, Iowa, resides new member of the Hospice of the Midwest family, Brooke Schiltz. Despite being new to the hospice field, Brooke’s hospice heart and dedication to helping patients at the end of life is already prevalent.

Brooke comes from a long line of healthcare workers and knew her calling in the field as early as high school. After receiving her CNA certification, Brooke began her career in caring for others as a high schooler, working at a local nursing home for two years. After working at a hospital in Des Moines and with a nursing agency for most of her career, Brooke has made the transition to Hospice of the Midwest in order to be closer to home.

Eager to begin her hospice career and serve the Carroll area, Brooke has a passion for keeping patients comfortable during their last days and assisting in lessening their pain. After hearing her fellow coworker, Barbara’s, praises about the hospice field, Brooke is also ready to learn from her peers and gain experience through hospice.

Brooke would urge those seeking hospice services to choose Hospice of the Midwest because of the dedication our nurses demonstrate. She explains,

“Our nurses will sit down and spend time with their patients, even after all their required tasks are finished. They truly care about the patients’ life experiences and always do more than just the bare minimum.”

If you or anyone you know is in need of hospice services in the Carroll area, please contact Hospice of the Midwest at (641) 332-3006.

We would love to give a shout out to the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, as their beautiful building made a great spot to snap some photos of our employees! Their website offers fantastic resources regarding local events, shopping, businesses within the Carroll community, and more. Check it out!

Meet Our Carroll Caregivers | Joy Vannahme

We’re Keeping It Local – Look for the Purple Scrubs!

Hospice of the Midwest is proud to serve the town of Carroll, Iowa and its surrounding communities. We are dedicated to providing exceptional in-home hospice care and pride ourselves on our local caregivers. We would love for the Carroll community to get to know our team better (although many of you might know some of these ladies), so please read on to learn more about Hospice of the Midwest nurse, Joy.

Meet Joy Vannahme

Also born and raised in Carroll, Joy Vannohme understands more than anyone that in a tight-knit community you care for one another and show respect for your fellow community members who treat each other like family. Through working with Hospice of the Midwest, Joy is able to give back to her community in the most caring of ways.

“It is a privilege to be able to educate patients and their families and to act as a stronghold for them; whether that being someone for them to cry on, hug, or just be near.”

Joy has been a nurse for two years and with Hospice of the Midwest as an RN Case Manager for one year now. She is dedicated to supporting both the patients and their families through what could be the hardest time of their lives. Offering this support allows Joy to ensure everyone is comfortable by knowing what each step of the process entails and what to expect.

“We have an amazing team. It’s not just because of how amazing our nurses are – we have massage, music therapy, and other services that go above and beyond for everybody. Even if it’s a weekend, I know I can call a social worker and she’ll give me the answer I indeed. We are a family. We are all dedicated to the patients on every level.”

If you or anyone you know is in need of hospice services in the Carroll area, please contact Hospice of the Midwest at (641) 332-3006.

We would love to give a shout out to the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, as their beautiful building made a great spot to snap some photos of our employees! Their website offers fantastic resources regarding local events, shopping, businesses within the Carroll community, and more. Check it out!

Bridging The Gap

Allow us to add another layer to the health care dynamic!

Hospice of the Midwest’s psycho-social and spiritual team have always had a thoughtful and innovative delivery of care. Our approach is designed to meet the psycho-social needs of patients, families, and loved ones of those facing health challenges, especially during unconventional medial care protocols.

We would like to highlight how these needs are met with our current or new patients, as well as offer these services to any other patient or family in need as part of our community outreach.

  • Anticipatory Grief Support
  • Complicated Grief Support
  • Supplemental support for patient and family members
  • Remote/Telehealth Visits through shared technology
  • Facilitate virtual communication with patient and/or family

Providing supportive care by making a referral to our Bridging The Gap program is easy and confidential. A Hospice of the Midwest highly qualified social worker or chaplain will reach out to and connect with the family member or loved one who could benefit from additional support.

Additional Supportive Care is just a phone call away! Please call (515) 218-2143 and ask to speak to our Bridging The Gap coordinator to make your referral.

Pinning Ceremony with Retired WWII Army Sergeant

Retired WWII, Army Sergeant, Paul Kunin poses with wife, Beverly after being surprised by Hospice of the Midwest ~ MN staff and Military personnel, Sargent Chad Ellwein.

The Kunin family and staff sang the National Anthem acapella while he was pinned by Sargent Ellwein, given an Appreciation certificate and saluted. Staff then displayed and draped a handmade military quilt with Army insignia over Mr. Kunin. All enjoyed a cupcake reception outside on the veranda afterwards.

“I will never forget this,” Paul said, “thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has been one of the most memorable days of my life.”

Meet Our Carroll Caregivers | Barbara Jacobsen

We’re Keeping It Local – Look for the Purple Scrubs!

Hospice of the Midwest is proud to serve the town of Carroll, Iowa and its surrounding communities. We are dedicated to providing exceptional in-home hospice care and pride ourselves on our local caregivers. We would love for the Carroll community to get to know our team better (although many of you might know some of these ladies), so please read on to learn more about Hospice of the Midwest nurse, Barbara.

Meet Barbara Jacobsen

Born and raised in Carroll, Iowa, Barbara Jacobsen is invested in her community and continues to serve her hometown as a nurse with Hospice of the Midwest. Since spending a little more than eight years in the nursing field, Barbara has truly found her passion in hospice nursing.

After working in long-term care as a CNA for nearly six years, Barbara made the decision to go back to nursing school; graduating just two years ago. With the areas of hospice or oncology catching her interest, Barbara ended up finding Hospice of the Midwest and says, “The rest is history.”

Barbara truly loves the one-on-one experiences she gets to have with her hospice patients. Instead of worrying about a multitude of patients at once, she cherishes the relationships she is able to develop with each of her patients, while being able to focus on only them in that moment.

“I think that because we truly focus on someone as a person and not as a disease process – that’s what makes us special here at Hospice of the Midwest. We not only focus on the medical needs of a patient, but we also take the time to get to know them.”

If you or anyone you know is in need of hospice services in the Carroll area, please contact Hospice of the Midwest at (641) 332-3006.

We would love to give a shout out to the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, as their beautiful building made a great spot to snap some photos of our employees! Their website offers fantastic resources regarding local events, shopping, businesses within the Carroll community, and more. Check it out!

 

Common Hospice Diagnoses

Hospice of the Midwest is here for you – 24/7/365.

Choosing Hospice is often a difficult decision. We help lead this conversation and can ease the anxiety of the transition from cure to comfort for patients who are appropriate for hospice care. If two or more of these potential indicators are present, hospice should be considered.

Common Hospice Diagnoses

End Stages of: Cancer, Heart Disease/CHF, Pulmonary Disease/COPD, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, Neurological Disease/CVA, Renal Disease & Liver Disease.

If your loved one is requiring increased assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, oral care, toileting, transferring to their bed/chair, walking, eating, etc.; this may be an indicator that hospice should be considered.

Additional indicators include:

  • Muscle Loss/Weakening or Weakness
  • Multiple Falls
  • Multiple ER Visits/Hospitalizations
  • Recurrent/Multiple Infections
  • Altered Mental Status
  • Unintentional Mental Status
  • Unintentional Weight Loss
  • Difficulty at Mealtime
  • Increasing Shortness of Breath
  • Multiple Medication/Frequent Medication Changes
  • Sleeping Longer/Napping More
  • Skin Breakdown/Wounds
  • Other Diagnoses that Contribute to Decline

If you have questions about the hospice benefit or when to elect your benefit, please contact Hospice of the Midwest at 515-218-2143 (Johnston, IA) · 641-323-2047 (Grinnell, IA) · 641-332-3006 (Guthrie Center, IA) · 651-344-1040 (Woodbury, MN).

One Word: Hospice

One word… One word that’s the most solidifying word you will ever hear. A word that can often be misinterpreted.

One word… Hospice.

This means you are dying. Maybe not dying today, tomorrow or the next day – but it is a word not many want to hear. As a hospice liaison, helping people understand to not be afraid is part of what makes my job so rewarding. Watching potential patients and their family member begin to ease as I explain the role of hospice is an incredible feeling.

As a hospice liaison, I help ease all your previous notions about what we do and assure you that we are here to help.

Hospice doesn’t mean you will die tomorrow. It does not mean you will be taken off all your medications or stay home while waiting for the end. What it does mean is that you have a terminal illness and instead of continuing to seek aggressive treatment, it is better for you to be comfortable and have a quality of life with loved ones, however that may be defined by you.

It is shown that a hospice patient lives more comfortably when: a nurse visits to manage pain and symptoms, a home health aide provides personal care, a social worker assists with community resources and counseling, a chaplain offers spiritual support, volunteers play cards with and a physician oversees it all to ensure you are as comfortable as possible for however long that may be.

That one word… Hospice. Let’s look at it in a more positive way, focusing on the benefits we can offer a patient and their family.

So, I ask both professionals and patients – Why would you not want to live more comfortably with support from hospice?

-Tracy Wagoner, Hospice Liaison

Employee Testimony | Beth Rasmussen

Our employees are the heart and soul of our hospice organization. We appreciate their kind words and love hearing about their experiences with Hospice of the Midwest!

“Working for hospice of the Midwest has been one of the best decisions of my life. I feel my medical background (medical assistant, HCA, CNA, CMA) has prepared me for the role of a hospice aide. I love the one-on-one contact and listening to clients’ stories about their life experiences. I especially enjoy the stories our veterans share with me. My goal for each visit is to make each patient’s day just a little better and brighter. I always rejoice when some patients’ health improves, and they are discharged from hospice. Usually though, I help them and their loved ones through the dying process.

Due to this virus affecting family visitations, I feel my job is more important than ever. I may be patient’s last contact before they gain their angel wings. The relationships we develop as caregivers becomes very important.

It is a privilege and honor to work with our amazing team, who truly cares about our clients and each other. If someone is sick or schedules need covered, teammates are quick to respond. With dedication, compassion and a caring attitude, I truly feel I make a difference at Hospice of the Midwest.”

-Beth Rasmussen, CNA | Hospice Aide with Hospice of the Midwest

Employee Testimony | Jeri Shufelt

Our employees are the heart and soul of our hospice organization. We appreciate their kind words and love hearing about their experiences with Hospice of the Midwest!

“I would like to say how wonderful it is working with Hospice of the Midwest and Abode Healthcare. I have only been here four months, but the team here in Minnesota is so cohesive, friendly, warm, and dedicated to the work we do. They get excited with every new admission and looks forward to new challenges. Our team’s compassion and caring shows through the sadness they feel at not being able to see our patients in person or as frequently as they used to due to this pandemic. It is amazing. The culture is open, honest, fun, professional, exciting, innovative… What more can I say? This is a great place to work.”

– Jeri Shufelt, RN | Clinical Director at Hospice of the Midwest Minnesota

Our COVID-19 Response: A Letter from Our CEO Mike McMaude

To the Abode Healthcare Community,

I hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting each of us in different ways. As we navigate the current situation together, I want to provide an update on the steps we have taken to be there for our community, our employees, and our patients.

All of us at Abode Healthcare are focused on providing the highest quality of care to our patients. I provided an update at the end of March outlining the changes we implemented to prioritize safe patient care in this new environment. Every decision we have made, and continue to make, has been based on the priority of the health and wellbeing of our patients and employees.

I am deeply grateful for our employees who display incredible dedication by continuing to fulfill their commitment to our patients during this especially challenging time. These individuals, and everyone working on the frontlines of care, deserve to feel protected, confident, and taken care of.

In recent weeks we have made informed decisions and taken actions that ultimately support and benefit our entire community:

  • PPE: At the first sign of COVID-19, we prioritized spending where it’s needed most and to date, have purchased $1 million of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) so no one reported to work without protection. I’m proud to say that we’ve not had to turn down any patients due to lack of PPE. We’ve even been able to assist other homecare and hospice organizations, and hospitals serving the Navajo nation as well as other underserved populations, in providing supplies for their employees by donating thousands of PPE items. In addition to our company’s commitment, several executives on our team have made personal PPE donations for local health organizations so they can work safely.
  • Paid Leave: To support employees who risk their own health and safety to care for patients, we instituted a special paid-time-off policy modeled after the Families First Coronavirus Response Act designated for companies with fewer than 500 employees. In Abode’s plan, employees receive unlimited leave for issues relating to COVID-19, including a newly instituted emergency paid time off (EPTO) benefit that is in addition to the PTO employees accrue with regular benefits. These additional benefits allow employees to potentially recover from COVID-19, care for a family member who is ill with the virus, or care for children whose schools and daycares have closed.
  • Business Investment: Rather than cut back, we’ve leaned into the business to make sure that we are even better prepared to care for patients. Some of these actions include:
    • Building out our telehealth and remote care solutions
    • Retaining a dedicated, talented workforce
    • Hiring new employees and growing our team locally and nationally
    • Expanding our team’s knowledge with the addition of an infectious disease physician, Dr. Shannon Thorn
  • Charitable Donations: As we have every year, we continue to support charitable organizations in our communities. That will not stop just because of COVID-19. Support for neighbors, near and far, is needed now more than ever.

I am extremely proud of how everyone at Abode has reacted and handled the unique situation that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. It’s difficult to adequately express my appreciation for our community—patients, employees, and partners. I have been reminded, once again, what an incredible organization we have—one that is driven by a common purpose of caring for, and serving, vulnerable patients. Every member of our team has come together to do what’s right, and I thank you. We look forward to continuing to work together and supporting each other through this challenging time.

Stay safe and healthy,

Mike