Hospice care provides comfort and support for terminally ill people of any age and their families.
Hospice affirms living life to the fullest and emphasizes symptom and pain control as well as comfort and support for the people living with a terminal condition.
Redwood Area Hospital hospice staff advocates for and assists in meeting the needs of patients and their caregivers, and offers support and understanding to those who have experienced the death of a loved one.
We work to educate professionals, volunteers, and the general public about Hospice care.
Hospice care begins when a patient’s life expectancy is six months or less, a decision has been made to forgo active curative treatment, or when further treatments are no longer tolerable, or all options have been exhausted.
When a referral for Hospice care is received, a a hospice team member will explain the Hospice program to the client and their family and work with them to determine if they are ready to begin care. The care coordinator will also talk with the family physician about the client’s care referral.
When a decision to receive Hospice care is made, the client will be admitted to the hospice program and an interdisciplinary team (registered nurse, hospice aide, social worker , volunteer and chaplain will work with the client and family to create a care plan based on their unique needs.
Can I stay in my home?
Hospice care is usually provided in the home so that the terminally ill client may be a part of the daily activities. This allows for families to share in the care of their loved one.
Hospice care can also be given at a family member’s home or a nursing home. If the needs of the client or family cannot be met at home, special arrangements can be made by talking with the Hospice nurse.
Hospice nurses are just a phone call away 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
What does hospice provide?
Hospice care is a team approach. The client’s doctor and interdisciplinary team (registered nurse, registered nurse, hospice aide, social worker , volunteer and chaplain) work together to provide individualized care for each client.
The Hospice team looks for the best ways to meet the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of the client and family.
Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses make visits to the home to assess symptoms and supervise care. They provide treatments, direct care and bring in equipment such as a wheelchair, electric bed or walker.
Hospice aides assist with bathing, dressing, and grooming tasks. Hospice volunteers can spend time with the Hospice client so that the family caregivers can take needed time for themselves.
All visits are based on the condition of the patient during the course of illness. Care is available on call after office hours. The frequency of visits by volunteers and spiritual care is often dependent upon the family request and the availability of these services.
Hospice services also include:
- Emotional support and counseling
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Pastoral care-counseling
- “On call” nurse 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week
- Bereavement follow-up
The Redwood Area Hospital Hospice is a certified Medicare Hospice Benefit Provider. Medicare eligible clients can choose expanded home care and inpatient services through the use of this benefit.
Other possible methods of payment include Medical Assistance, Private Insurance, Veteran’s Administration and private pay.
There are funds available for persons that have no financial reimbursement source. Some of the services offered through Hospice are supported by grants, donations and memorials.
Seasons provides specialized end-of-life care in a residential setting. Clients are provided their own living space including a kitchenette and private restrooms. Many clients bring personal belongings to make the space their own, from a favorite lamp to family photos and wall hangings. Internet access is available throughout the house for personal computers.
Seasons provides a supportive environment with patient-guided routine and visitors welcome 24 hours a day. The house also offers room for special occasion celebrations with family and friends. Hospice volunteers provide end-of-life support by visiting clients at Seasons house for additional companionship.
Seasons provides personalized care with only four clients living in the house at one time. Seasons is staffed 24/7 with a nurse on-site and registered nurse on call. Meals and snacks are provided along with home making services and laundry.
If you would like to see Seasons, just stop by. The house is open for tours without an appointment.
400 Veda Drive
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Seasons is defined as an assisted living facility by the state of Minnesota. Assisted living services are reimbursed through the following programs:
- Elderly Waiver (EW)
- Alternative Care (AC)
- Community Alternative for Disabled Individuals (CADI)
- Private Pay
Patient Care Coordinators/Registered Nurses (RN’s) create a plan of care with the client and family based on the assessment at the time of admission. The RN will oversee the implementation of the plan of care; assessing the health status of the client and coordinating medical care.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) monitor client’s condition and work directly with the registered nurse to provide personalized care. LPNs administer medications and follow the plan of care for each individual.
Hospice Aides provide personal cares such as assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming and medication administration. Hospice aides can also provide assistance with meals, laundry and home-making services as needed.
Volunteers spend time with clients reading, playing games, helping with mail and writing letters. A volunteer can also provide a break for caregivers to run errands or stay in touch with friends and family.
The Chaplain provides non-denominational spiritual care and support to hospice patients and their family. The chaplain can also work with your personal spiritual community.
Hospice social work staff provides emotional support and guidance to patients and family members related to the impact of their illness and care.