For Patients and Families
Facing a life-limiting illness can be devastating - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When a patient has made the choice to forgo aggressive or life-extending treatment for a progressive or incurable illness, and desires pain management or symptom control, the Hospice Home Care Program of Center for Hospice Care may be a suitable choice.
Hospice services are provided on a scheduled basis by the Hospice Team, which includes the patient's own physician and/or the Hospice Medical Director, nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors, home health aides, and trained community volunteers. Emergency Care is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Hospice is always a phone call away.
- Skilled, compassionate care from Hospice Nurses and Home Health Aides making intermittent in-home visits.
- Management of pain and other physical symptoms through the appropriate use of medications and teachings.
- Training, advising and skill-building for those persons who will assist in providing patient care in the home.
- Emotional support and spiritual counseling for the patient and family.
- Social work/family support services.
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
- Companionship and household assistance visits provided by dedicated, trained volunteers.
- Bereavement services are available to families for up to 13 months after Hospice services are no longer needed. Additional services are available on an ongoing basis.
Understanding Illness in Children
Center for Hospice Care wants you to know that we respect your role as parent and caregiver for your child. You are the one who knows your child’s maturity level, his/her personality, and their ability to deal with new information. You are the best judge as to when to talk to them about their illness. There is no “perfect” way to do this. Some parents choose to do it alone and others with close family members; some want the doctor to be involved others may want the nurse. Knowledgeable staff from Center for Hospice Care is always available to assist. However it is done, it should be done in a calm and supportive atmosphere so your child feels safe and comforted.
Admission into the hospice program is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services. However, certain criteria must be met prior to receiving services:
- Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses are appropriate, including diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys and dementia/Alzheimer’s, to name a few.
- The patient’s personal physician continues managing the patient’s care, or the patient may choose the Hospice Medical Director as their attending physician.
- The patient must be living in our service area, which includes all cities and areas within the counties of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph and Starke in Indiana.
- The patient must have a progressive or incurable illness and a limited life expectancy.
For information or admission call
800-467-7423 24 hours/day
outside of our service area