Hospice workers have what is known as a “hospice heart.” Hospice care isn’t just a job for us – it’s a calling. The people called to this profession are caring, empathetic advocates for patients and their families. We are blessed and humbled to be part of each patient’s journey and treat them with the highest respect. We believe that quality healthcare is Christ and family-centered and our hospice care is an extension of our core values.
Every patient receives a personalized care plan that is based on their goals, needs and desires. Our hospice clinicians will ask what really matters to the patient and family, and those items will be included in their individual plan of care. Care plans may include medical care, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. We also support families and caregivers, so they can give their loved one the best quality of life possible.
Our hospice program offers coordinated services to terminally ill patients and their families in their chosen environment. This may be in your home or a nursing home. Physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care is available from a medically directed interdisciplinary team consisting of physicians, nurses, therapists, home health aides, social workers, pastors, volunteers, music therapist, massage therapist, or chaplain.
Hospice Medical Director
The hospice medical director is the physician who brings experience and expert knowledge of palliative care, symptom management, and end-stage disease management. The physician will lead the review of your physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms on a regular basis while working closely with the interdisciplinary team.
This is the physician who will oversee all of your hospice care. This would be your primary care provider. The hospice medical director will support and make recommendations to your attending physician.
Our team of hospice nurses has over 30 years of combined experience. The hospice nurse makes regularly scheduled visits and coordinates the patient’s care plan with the interdisciplinary team. They will assess your comfort and any symptoms that need attention, teach family members and friends about caregiving, managing medications, and offer end of life education. The nurse is on call 24 hours/day, seven days a week.
The social worker is available for listening, counseling, and offering support with education and financial questions. They also offer guidance when a patient can no longer stay in the home by providing referral options. The social worker supports the family and children to help them understand and cope with the expected loss and serves as a liaison between the family’s pastor and the hospice team.
Home Health Aide Service
The home health aide works under the supervision of the registered nurse to provide assistance with personal care needs. Sioux Center Health Hospice coordinates with family or long term care provider on the aide’s care plan to determine the best time of day for a visit.