Hospice of the Midwest is available to help patients and families when they need it most. Our comprehensive services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are designed to address a spectrum of physical, mental, spiritual and social issues that may accompany the dying process. At Hospice of the Midwest, we offer:
Hospice Levels of Care
Hospice of the Midwest wants to ensure that our patients are getting the level of care that they need to be as comfortable as possible. Though patients spend most of their hospice time receiving routine care, other choices are available as necessary to treatment. Our team of professionals works with each patient and family to coordinate the level of care that will be most beneficial to them. Hospice levels of care include:
Routine Home Care
Intermittent care that is provided where your loved one lives.
Care that is provided at a hospital or another type of inpatient facility for short-term stays to control symptoms or pain.
Crisis care that is provided around the clock, when your loved one requires close skilled attention to manage acute medical symptoms.
Care provided to your loved one in long-term care facility setting for up to 5 days when you, your family members, or other caregivers need rest.
Your Hospice Care Team
At Hospice of the Midwest, our team abides by the Golden Rule, treating others the way that we would hope to be treated. Not only do we give our patients and their loved ones compassionate care, but we hold ourselves to the highest professional and clinical standards, ensuring the most effective treatments and optimal outcomes. To this end, we bring together an exceptional interdisciplinary team that includes:
The Medical Director is a licensed physician who oversees the hospice program and leads the interdisciplinary team. The Medical Director:
- Provides written certification of the terminal illness
- Coordinates with the patient’s attending physician to plan and manage patient care and order appropriate medications and treatments
Licensed professional nurses and practical nurses (under the supervision of a registered nurse):
- Assess patient needs, assist with care planning, and provide consistent, thorough care and treatments
- Manage pain, discomfort and symptom relief
- Oversee medication administration and effectiveness
- Educate the patient and family/caregiver(s) regarding disease progression, self-care techniques, end-of-life care, and processes for addressing ethical issues
These are trained caregivers who work under the supervision of a registered nurse to:
- Assist with personal care
- Provide light housekeeping
- Participate in life enhancement activities such as reading to the patient, writing letters, and taking the patient for walks
Social workers focus on ensuring that support systems are available to reduce stress and facilitate coping with end-of-life care. Social workers:
- Provide social and emotional support
- Counsel patients and families around issues of death, dying, and grief
- Furnish financial and community resource education and referrals
In keeping with holistic nature of the Hospice philosophy, the chaplain attends to the spiritual needs of the patient and family. The chaplain:
- Assesses the patient’s and family’s spiritual needs
- Provides direct counseling and bereavement support
- Consults with the patient’s clergy to ensure that the individual needs of the patient/family are met
Other services such as rehabilitative services, speech therapy, and/or dietary services are available depending on the needs of the patient and focus on patient safety, symptoms management, and end-of-life goals.