Hospice at Excelsior Springs Hospital provides care and support to you and your loved ones during an advanced or terminal illness, focusing on your comfort and quality of life.
Our physicians, nurses and hospice professionals work together to help you remain comfortably at home or in a homelike setting. We offer comprehensive hospice services to meet your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
A Caring Hospice Team
Our skilled and caring Hospice team includes a medical director, nurses, social workers, clergy, therapists and home health aides, all highly trained in providing comprehensive hospice care. Medications, equipment and supplies related to the terminal diagnosis are also provided.
Comprehensive Hospice Care and Services
At Excelsior Springs Hospice, our patients receive any level of care necessary. Our experienced staff, working with the hospice physician, will transfer patients between levels of care as their needs change. With these levels of care in place, our patients are never alone in a crisis situation.
Routine Home Care
Routine home care is hospice care provided in your home, whether you live in your own home, assisted living or nursing facility. This is the most common level of care and includes nursing, aide and therapy as needed. Routine home care can include:
• Nursing services
• Physician participation
• Medical social services
• Home Health aide services
• Counseling (pastoral, spiritual, bereavement, dietary, others)
• Medical equipment
• Medical supplies
• Lab/diagnostic studies related to terminal diagnosis
• Therapy services
Continuous Home Care
If you have continuous home care, a nurse and/or a home health aide will remain in your home environment for 8 to 24 hours per day. Continuous care is a short-term level of care reevaluated every 24 hours. Some examples of symptoms requiring continuous care include:
• Unrelieved pain
• Severe nausea and vomiting
• Severe shortness of breath
• Anxiety or panic attacks
• A breakdown in the primary caregiver support system
General Inpatient Care
If you have short-term symptoms so severe you can’t be treated at home, you may need to receive care at an inpatient facility. With general inpatient care, nurses are available around the clock to administer medications, treatments and provide emotional support. There are several types of facilities that offer inpatient hospice services:
• A hospital may have a unit to provide inpatient hospice care.
• Long term care facility may lease a unit in a nursing home to a hospice company.
If you don’t qualify for continuous care or inpatient care but your family is having a difficult time, Respite Care may be an option. If your family is your primary source of care and can’t meet their needs due to caregiver stress or other extenuating circumstances, you may temporarily be admitted to an inpatient facility to give your family a needed break or respite. There is a five-day limit on respite care. Once that period expires, you will be discharged and return home.
Everyone experiences grief differently and we are here to help. Bereavement services are available for up to one year after the loss of a loved one. Family members will receive the guidance and support they need to understand and move forward in the grief process.
How Can I Receive Hospice?
If you desire comfort care rather than curative care, we will evaluate you to determine if you’re eligible for Hospice.
Hospice care is usually provided if you have a limited life expectancy or if you have any life limiting illnesses including: cardiac and respiratory disease, neurological diseases, AIDS, liver diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Medicaid and Medicare provide complete coverage for hospice services. Private insurance plans cover hospice. Private payments are also accepted.