Hospice FAQ

Many families have little or no experience caring for someone who is dying.  The hospice team can provide comfort to relieve pain and symptoms, offer emotional and spiritual support.  We teach families and care givers specific care techniques, arrange for necessary equipment and help answer questions you may have.

The hospice team will talk to you and your family about how often you need regular visits and then schedule accordingly.  We have a nurse on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They are available to answer questions or make after hour and weekend visits as needed.  

The hospice team will talk with you regarding choices for staying safe and comfortable in your home.

Hospice care is a special kind of care that helps people with life-limiting illnesses live as fully as possible in their final months in comfort and with dignity.  It provides relief from the physical, spiritual, and emotional pain that often accompanies a life-limiting illness, and supports the whole individual and family.

Core Team:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplain
  • Home Health Aides
  • Medical Director
  • Trained Volunteers

Specialty Services:

  • Music Therapy
  • Massage Therapy/Aromatherapy
  • A Parting Gift Letter
  • Pet Therapy
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapists

You’re eligible for hospice if your physician confirms that you have a life expectancy of six months or less – if your illness runs its normal course.  After six months, hospice can be extended if your health status continues to decline.

Hospice can be provided in many settings – a private home, nursing home, assisted living, group home, foster home or apartment.   Wherever you call home.

We are your local hometown hospice providing experienced hospice care for the last 40 years.  Hospice of Douglas County is made up of a compassionate team who strives to provide the best possible care to meet the needs of the patient and family.  We support local vendors and pharmacies.  We have received multiple hospice honors and hospice honors Elite!  Hospice of Douglas County is also a level 4 We Honor Veteran Partner.

Hospice services are paid for by Medicare, Medical Assistance, Minnesota Care, and most private health insurances.  Veteran’s benefits are also available.  Hospice of Douglas County provides care to those who qualify for hospice services regardless of ability to pay.

Your hospice team will support your family emotionally and spiritually throughout your time on hospice and provide counseling and grief support for up to 13 months following your death.  Bereavement services could include phone calls, visits, mailings about grieving, and support groups.  Community resources are also available if needed.

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