What is Hospice?
Hospice is specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers.
- Hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
- Hospice care also helps the patient’s family caregivers.
- Hospice care takes place in the patient’s home or in a home-like setting.
- Hospice care concentrates on managing a patient’s pain and other symptoms so that the patient may live as comfortable as possible and make the most of the time that remains.
- Hospice care believes the quality of life to be as important as length of life
Choosing to elect hospice care is an important decision that can greatly benefit the quality of life for a patient with a life-limiting illness in addition to proving support to a patient’s family during a difficult time.
You have the choice when it comes to a Hospice provider, so why do so many families choose us?
Pike County Hospice provides specialized care to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. The Hospice Interdisciplinary Team consists of a medical director, professional nurses, medical social worker, spiritual counselor, home health aides, and volunteers working together to provide care that addresses physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
- Pike County Hospice is NOT-FOR-PROFIT. We will not turn patients away, we will proudly provide services to those in need no matter what the financial standing may be. Our Home Care & Hospice Foundation helps us to guarantee this to our patients and their families.
- We are compassionate about ensuring the comfort of both our patients and their families
- Partially funded by your tax dollars; by choosing Pike County Hospice you are putting your tax dollars to work.
- Our satisfaction rates exceed the industry standard.
- We are governed by members of the county; being one of only FOUR county based hospices in the state of Missouri, our Hospice program is governed by the citizens of our community. These five board members are elected by you, and they willingly volunteer their time to ensure our programs are suiting what is best for the community.
- Our staff are your neighbors; Majority of them have lived in the community their entire life, and they eagerly await to care for their neighbors; your family.
Our services summarized:
- Offers a team to care for the patient, consisting of physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, home care aides and volunteers.
- Provides medically managed pain and symptom control.
- Offers support for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
- Relieves anxiety by providing information to the patient and family about what to expect as the illness progresses.
- Provides 24 hour a day access to the hospice team.
- Includes back-up inpatient hospitalization at contracted hospitals.
- Provides Respite Care.
- Covers Pike and portions of Audrain and Montgomery counties. *see map below
- Provides care in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
- Reduces financial stress on the family.
- Provides special bereavement care to loved ones for up to 13 months after the patient’s death.
- Provides social visits (board games, conversations, haircuts, hair care, manicures, reading, etc.)
- Member of the “We Honor Veterans” Program.
- Offers various items and services through our Home Care & Hospice Foundation such as Thanksgiving meals, Pies for patients, Christmas gifts, annual memorial service, other beneficial & comfort supplies that may not be covered.
How Does A Patient Qualify For Hospice?
- Consent of attending physician.
- Life expectancy of approximately 6 months or less without aggressive treatment.
- A capable caregiver is available.
- Residence in the geographic area served-Pike and portions of Audrain and Montgomery counties.
- The philosophy of allowing death to occur naturally without extraordinary interventions
What Does Hospice Cover?
- A team of professionals trained in hospice care
- Medications related to the hospice diagnosis
- Medical equipment
- Personal care
- Medical supplies
- Reimbursed covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances.
Our Coverage Area
What our staff has to say about their role in Hospice
“A hospice nurse is a special position in which we are able to walk down this hard journey with not only the patient but also their families. I am able to help our patients not only physically but as a whole body. I love the care and compassion we are able to provide for them, and being able to make this life journey easier on the patient and their family is very rewarding for me . I love being a hospice nurse!”
– Danielle Freie, LPN
“I love being a hospice nurse because. . . the smiles, hugs, and thank you’s make my heart glow with happiness. This makes the good-bye’s harder, but makes the sleepless nights worth every minute. We don’t give up, we are with you until the end.”
– Hillary Hakenwerth, RN
“The best parts of my job are the smiles, the hugs, and the pure joy of sharing compassion with our patients and their families.”
– Jessica Cunningham, LPN
“I love being a hospice nurse because I am able to help patients and their loved ones through a physically and emotionally trying time in their lives.”
– Kimberly Yoder, RN
“I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to make my patient smile and laugh in their final stage of life.”
– Melissa Lesley, HHA
“As a hospice nurse I often hear that my patient’s goal is that they want to be at home and comfortable. I feel honored to be chosen to assist them in their final goals, and even more so to be a part of their precious last days of life.”
– Susan DeCamp, RN
“My main goal is to be there to support the entire family. To be a smiling face, a listening ear, and a helping hand. To lessen their burdens and be that person that maybe made their day a little easier. Helping individuals to be able to cherish every moment with their loved one. That is why I love being a hospice social worker.”
– Carrie Wells, LMSW, Hospice Social Worker
“When thinking on why I chose to work as a social worker and what I find rewarding, I always return back to my childhood experiences. I remember feeling overwhelmed and anxious watching my parents try to deal with everyday challenges and community agencies. The challenges of interacting with community entities such as community services, family services, schools and healthcare providers can seem insurmountable due to not understanding how they function or even their organizational language. Although these difficulties can be explained by cultural, educational and socioeconomic factors, the reality is that they impact the child, family and the social group’s self-concept and hope of being successful with life’s challenges. I therefore decided, if I can help anyone avoid or better cope even some of the pain and discomfort that life can toss at a person then that is what I should do as a human being. The reward is simple, the knowledge that at least one more person has a chance to feel better about their life and I in some way have contributed to that.”
– Rolando Vazquez, LCSW, Hospice Social Worker
“Our nurses and aides are great caregivers. They are willing to go above and beyond to make our patients comfortable and provide support to family members.”
– Jeannie Stuckey, LPN, Home Health Team Leader
“We have a variety of personalities among the professionals in our office. We have nurses with many years’ experience and nurses who have less than 10 years, we have LPN’s and RN’s. Some are older, some are younger, but all are great at what they do. We are proud of our Hospice Program and are happy to serve the families we have over the years. In addition to our nursing staff we also have great social workers, personal care aides, administrative personnel, office assistants and fantastic volunteers that all help run the hospice program. We work together to bring the best care possible for our end of life patients and the best possible support for their families. Many times I have seen our staff in tears as they become involved with the care of their patients and their families. In spite of their tears it brings us all great satisfaction to be of help to them during this time. Our staff truly feels it is an honor to be asked to care for someone’s loved one during their last days with us and it’s an honor our whole staff cherishes. Thank you to our community for allowing us into your homes.”
– Lynda Colbert, Home Health Administrative Assistant
Bereavement Support Group
This group meets the first Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in our Community Conference Room (side entrance).
We aim to assist people, without charge, in learning to live with this “new normal” by:
- Providing a safe space in which to explore grief in whatever ways that works best for the person.
- Reducing the isolation of bereaved people by facilitating connections with other bereaved people.
- Normalizing the grief experience.
- Nurturing the resiliency of people to identify their own inner resources and coping strategies.
We strive to assure our bereaved compassion, mutual support, understanding, diversity, integrity and allow our families to feel safe and supported in a nurturing environment.
Hospice Memorial Service
Keeping the memories of our loved ones alive through this memorial service is the intention of the annual event. Families who’s loved ones were on our Hospice services are invited to this service to honor the memories of those we have lost. The service is typically held at the Nazarene Church in Bowling Green, guests in attendance will be served a meal, our Hospice chaplain will speak, and a memorial slide show will be viewed.
- Know Your Healthcare Options Before a Crisis Strikes
- Don’t wait to talk about hospice
- It’s Never too Late to Thank a Veteran, Even at the End of Life
- Misconceptions versus Reality
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