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About Hospice Care
Quality of life at the end of life
Hospice is all about keeping your loved one as comfortable and pain-free as possible during their last days, weeks, or months of life.
Your loved one’s quality of life is the focus of hospice care. Whether they have days, weeks, or months to live, comfort and pain management mean they can make the most of each day. That means you can focus on each other and making memories.
Support for the whole family
Facing the death of someone you love can make you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. Your loved one’s hospice team also supports you and your family before and after their death. (Hospice includes 13 months of bereavement care after your loved one’s death.)
What does hospice include?
Hospice includes all medications and equipment – such as a hospital bed – that your loved one needs. It also includes visits from your loved one’s care team.
Where can my loved one receive hospice care?
Hospice care is available anywhere they call home.
Who will visit my loved one?
A hospice nurse will regularly visit your loved one (the frequency depends on your loved one’s needs). A hospice nurse is on call 24/7, so help is always just a phone call away.
Other members of their team may include:
- Social workers: coordinate community resources, provide grief support, and help ease emotional or family challenges.
- Home health aides: help with activities of daily living – like dressing, bathing – and provide emotional support.
- Music therapists: provide emotional and spiritual support as well as companionship.
- Chaplains: provide spiritual care to the patient and their family. (Chaplains respect all religions.)
- Physical, occupational or speech therapists: to relieve pain or manage symptoms.
- Pet therapists: provide unconditional love, comfort, and distraction.
- Hospice volunteers: provide companionship, may help around the house, or run errands. (All volunteers receive hospice training.)
Is it the right time?
Hospice is for anyone with a life-threatening or terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less (if the disease runs its usual course). However, studies show some patients live longer on hospice because they’re at home, comfortable, and their care team can provide what they need when they need it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice Care
How do I sign my loved one up for hospice?
You must have an order from your loved one’s physician before we can admit them.
How long does it take to be admitted to hospice?
We admit patients and provide informational visits 24/7 once we have a physician’s order.
How long can you stay on hospice?
Once your loved one is admitted to hospice, they can receive care for six months. At the end of six months, a physician will evaluate them. If they still qualify for hospice, they’ll be re-certified for an additional six months.
Who can receive hospice care?
Hospice care is for anyone with a life-threatening or terminal illness whose life expectancy is six months or less (if their disease runs its usual course). Patients with cancer, heart and lung disease, and dementia are just a few who have received hospice care.
Are there benefits to getting hospice care before the last days or weeks of life?
Yes – for your loved one and you. Hospice care and support are available for weeks, months, or even a year or more.
Your loved one can concentrate on spending time with family and friends because their care team keeps them comfortable.
Do you have to leave home to get hospice?
Hospice comes to your loved one wherever they live.
Can I still care for my loved one once they’re receiving hospice care?
Yes. Many families want to care for their loved ones throughout the end of life. Support from your loved one’s care team lets you provide care and enjoy your time together, rather than focusing solely on caregiving.
Who pays for hospice care?
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance cover hospice.
Locations we serve
3361 45th Street South
Fargo, ND 58104
4491 South Washington Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
115 Willow Street
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501