What is Hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy of care which is designed around the patient’s goals and wishes and offers comfort, physical, emotional and spiritual care, and support. Embracing a team-oriented approach, hospice is considered to be the model for high quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury.
When is Hospice Appropriate?
Hospice care should be considered anytime you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and a cure is no longer the goal. It is appropriate to discuss all of the care options available with your physician, including hospice. Generally, hospice is appropriate for persons who are in the last six months of their life; however hospice services are available as long as needed, provided the eligibility criteria are met. Common illnesses appropriate for hospice care include the later stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, AIDS, and ALS, among others. Patients diagnosed with these illnesses are eligible for hospice care when their physician determines that, given the natural course of the illness, life expectancy is six months or less.
Anyone can refer a patient, including the patient him/herself or he/she may be referred by a family member, caregiver, friend or healthcare provider.
The family is at the center of hospice care and the emphasis of hospice is to support quality of life while maximizing comfort as conditions take their natural course. If you or your loved feels that hospice care may be appropriate, please call Seasons Hospice at 507-285-1930 and talk with our admissions team, or discuss this with your physician. You may also fill out the general information request form and one of our hospice admissions team members will be in contact with you promptly. Weekend admissions are available as well as during the week.
To learn more about the care that Seasons Hospice offers please watch our six chapter video. Simply click on the chapter videos below to watch and find out how Seasons Hospice helps the patient, caregiver, and family with physical care and comfort, and emotional and psychosocial support, with the reassurance that they are not alone.
Seasons Hospice provides both home hospice care and care at our Seasons Hospice House.
Home Hospice Care
Seasons Hospice provides our patients with all the services that are included with hospice, wherever individuals call home, be that a private residence, nursing home, assisted living or other residential facilities.
Care at Hospice House
The Seasons Hospice House is a tranquil environment in a homelike setting that allows us to provide round-the-clock care to our patients by highly skilled staff.