What is Hospice?

Hospice of Douglas County provides care wherever a patient calls home by:

  • Managing pain and symptoms so each day can be lived to its fullest.
  • Involving patients and their families in their decision to maintain independence and dignity.
  • Addressing physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

Hospice care is a family-centered team approach that includes a medical director, the patient’s physician, nurses, social worker, counselor, chaplain, home health aides, trained volunteers, speech, occupational and physical therapies, music and massage therapy. Because each patient’s needs are unique, the hospice team works with patients and their families to develop a personalized plan for their care.

Hospice services are available to patients who have a terminal illness and have a limited life expectancy.  Hospice of Douglas County provides care and comfort to patients that have many different illnesses.  Some of these include heart disease, dementia, cancer, pulmonary disease as well as many others.

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To support patients and their families, Hospice of Douglas County provides:

  • Compassionate care by hospice team members.
  • A Registered Nurse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week, to answer questions and provide support.
  • Coordination of care to maintain dignity and independence.
  • Medications and treatments to manage pain and other symptoms.
  • Necessary equipment, such as a hospital bed, oxygen, and supplies related to the illness.
  • Teaching and expertise to enable families or other caregivers to provide the needed care.
  • Assistance with day to day care such as bathing, dressing, skin care and more.
  • Spiritual care in collaboration with local spiritual providers.
  • Grief support and bereavement services up to one year following the loss.

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