Minnesota Hospice understands the choice to begin hospice services defines how you live your life. Our priority is to support you, your family, and caregivers. You decide how this precious time is spent to achieve the highest quality of life while receiving the gold standard in healthcare by an experienced and compassionate team of experts.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a concept of care sought by a person seeking comfort care rather than curative treatment for a life-limiting illness. We provide a holistic approach that encompasses pain and symptom management for the patient, as well as emotional and spiritual support tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual and their caregivers.
All people deserve love, compassion, and dignity at end-of-life. At Minnesota Hospice, we strive to empower people to live life as fully as possible on their terms. Our team is dedicated to walking with you during this part of life’s sacred journey. Hospice is about finding meaning, purpose, love, and beauty in living and to departing life peacefully.
The Hospice Team
The patient and family guide the hospice care team, which includes:
- Your Primary Care Physician
- Hospice Physicians
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Home Health Aides
- Social Workers
- Bereavement Counselors
Integrative Therapies & Services
Minnesota Hospice also offers a wide array of integrative therapies to further enhance the quality of life and customize care to suit individual needs and preferences. Our care options include:
- Massage Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Aromatherapy / Essential Oils
- Healing Touch
- Pet Therapy
- Visit Volunteers
- Medical Cannabis
- And much more
Where is Care Delivered?
Hospice services complement the care you currently receive wherever you call home:
- House or apartment
- Friend’s or relative’s home
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
- Nursing Home
Who Pays for Hospice?
Hospice services are 100% covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies.
- Medical Management (Physician-directed services, Registered Nurse Case Management)
- Personal Care Assistance (including but not limited to bathing, hygiene, light housekeeping)
- Emotional and Spiritual Support (medical social services, crisis services, spiritual services, bereavement services, trained volunteers)
- Integrated Therapies and Services
- Medical Equipment (related to the hospice diagnosis)
- Medical Supplies (related to the hospice diagnosis)
- Medications (related to the hospice diagnosis)
- Short-term respite
- 24/7 availability
Who Should Receive Hospice?
- Anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and expected to have a life expectancy of six months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course
- Patients and families who choose to focus care on managing pain and symptoms rather than curative treatment
- Patients and families who choose no extreme measures to sustain life
People generally benefit most from hospice when services are implemented earlier rather than later. Research has shown people live an average of 29 days longer when receiving hospice services than those who do not receive services.
Hospice appropriate individuals may show some or all the following symptoms. If 3 or more symptoms are present, it may be time to seek hospice services.
- Frequent hospitalizations
- Significant weight loss (10% or more in the past 6 months)
- A decline in mental status
- Terminal diagnosis
- Recurrent infections
- Frequent falls
- Pain requiring frequent medication increases
- Trouble with swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Sleeping more / fatigue
- Decline or loss of ability to walk without assistance
- Decline or loss of ability to dress without assistance
- Decline or loss of ability to feed self without assistance
- Decline or loss of ability to bath without assistance
- Loss of ability to transfer without assistance
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Decubitus ulcers (also known as pressure ulcers or bed sores)
- Edema (swelling)
- Loss of ability to speak or communicate effectively
- Intractable cough
- Nausea/vomiting poorly responsive to treatment
- Co-morbid conditions that contribute to a prognosis of 6 months or less (i.e.-diabetes, dementia)
- Inability to sit up without assistance
- Loss of ability to smile
- Loss of ability to hold up head independently
- Intractable diarrhea
- Changes in consciousness
What are Common Life-Limiting Illnesses?
- AIDS / HIV
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Neurological disease
- Renal disease
- Pulmonary disease
Contact Minnesota Hospice for more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation.