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Music Therapy Benefits in Hospice Care

A Music Therapy Case Study | Joshua Gilbert, MT-BC Throughout life, song can positively affect us both physically and emotionally. It influences bodily functions that we believe are beyond our control, such as heart rate, blood pressure and release of the body’s natural pain relief chemicals. Music therapy offers significant benefits for patients, caregivers and families. We offer it as part of our hospice services. In a case study conducted (by Joshua Gilbert) on the impact of music therapy over a four-month period, with an older adult in hospice care, results exhibited significant signs of improvement in the following categories:…
  • Hospice ·

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…
  • Hospice ·

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…
  • Honoring Veterans ·

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…
  • Hospice ·

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…
  • Hospice ·

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…
  • Hospice ·

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…
  • Testimony ·

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…
  • Testimony ·

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…
  • COVID-19 ·

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.…
  • Testimony ·

Celebrating Nurses | Barbara Jacobsen

Hospice of the Midwest is celebrating nurses during the Month of May! Meet Barbara and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.” “I chose nursing simply because I love people, especially the geriatric community. I have a lot of prior experience with long-term care, and hospice always caught my eye when experiencing it in those settings. When I finally graduated nursing school, I knew I wanted to be a hospice nurse. A friend talked to me about this company, and I decided to give it a go. It is one of the best decisions I have…
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Celebrating Nurses | Jane McCurdy

Hospice of the Midwest is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Jane and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.” “I was lucky enough to be the first LPN/HHA at Hospice of the Midwest in Johnston, IA. I had always done long-term care, and my affinity for the end of life was the reason I went back to Hospice from a Long-Term Care facility. I have been a nurse since 1979, retired from the field, and now work a day and a half in the Johnston office. I love this because I still get…