Hospice is a special kind of care that focuses on improving a person’s quality of life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Through the provision of physical care and emotional, social and spiritual support, Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice seeks to help people live their remaining life with comfort and dignity. Hospice treats the person, not the disease. Each patient and family receives coordinated care from the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team.
Your Hospice Team:
- Medical Director
- Homemaker/Hospice Aides
- Social Worker
- Spiritual Adviser
- Massage Therapy
- Bereavement Services
- Music Therapy
Hospice offers palliative, or comfort care, rather than curative treatment. Under the direction of a physician, hospice uses sophisticated methods of pain and symptom control to help the patient live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Hospice care can be provided wherever the person resides, whether it be their own home, a long-term care facility or the hospital. Patients receive routine visits from qualified members of the hospice team.
Hospice emphasizes quality of life and neither hastens nor postpones death. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
Volunteers are an important part of hospice care. They can assist families during the patient’s illness and perform support functions for staff.
Hospice considers the needs of the family, not just the patient. Patients and families are both included in the decision-making process, and both receive the support of the hospice team.
Hospice care does not end with the death of the patient. Hospice provides bereavement support, which may include supportive mailings and visits, volunteer follow-up and a grief support group.
Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For hospice patients and their families, help is just a phone call away.
Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice services Winneshiek, Allamakee and portions of Howard, Chickasaw, Fayette and Clayton counties. If you aren’t sure if you are in our area, please call. Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice is a Medicare certified agency. Therefore, Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance may be billed for these services. No one will be denied hospice care due to an inability to pay. Winneshiek Medical Center financial assistance may be available for those with no other means of payment.
Anyone can refer a person diagnosed with a terminal illness to Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice. Hospice will consult the person’s primary physician for his/her approval.
Living fully with the help of hospice care
Pastor Paul Jordahl and his wife, Jenine, answered a missionary call to Papua New Guinea, half way around world, taking their family to many new and exciting places. But it was his journey with cancer, treatment and hospice care that created unexpected opportunities for family togetherness, love and making memories.