Hospice gives comfort and support for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
In medieval times, hospices were inns of rest which "lodged, cherished and refreshed" the Crusader, the sick and the dying. Today, hospice provides medical care, emotional and spiritual support to people and their families facing life-limiting illness.
Hospice services are not intended to either prolong life or hasten death. We recognize death as a natural process. Since 1997, St. Elizabeth Hospice has helped many families cope with incurable disease while helping their loved ones live with comfort and dignity.
Why Hospice services?
We focus on life beyond cure. When you’re facing terminal illness, you’ll encounter many unique physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial needs. Experienced and skilled Hospice nursing will give needed help and support during this challenging time. Hospice team works with your doctor and family to develop care which meets your needs and wishes concerning treatment and lifestyle.
When is it time for hospice?
Families often wait too long to get involve hospice in the care of their loved ones. If your family member is terminally ill, it’s never too soon to ask your doctor about hospice services. It’s a myth that Hospice is for patients only in the final days of life. We can affect quality of life for the entire family for weeks and months prior to death.
What exactly is provided with hospice?
The specific services offered by Hospice include a consultant physician, registered nurses, home health aides, pastoral caregivers, social work services, therapies (physical, occupational, speech), dietary counseling, drugs and medical supplies/equipment related to the life-limiting illness, back-up hospital care, respite care, trained volunteers, and bereavement counseling. Additionally, a hospice nurse is available by phone 24 hours a day to assist with questions or emergencies.
A map of the state of Indiana showing where St. Elizabeth Hospice provides service Click for a larger version
Our hospice service area
We care for Hospice patients and their families throughout 10 Indiana counties: Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White.
Hospice care is not limited to your home You don’t have to be living in your own home to receive hospice care. St. Elizabeth Hospice provides care wherever you are, whether at your home, assisted living, nursing home, hospital or a loved one’s home.
How do I get started with Hospice?
At any time during a life-limiting illness, it's appropriate to discuss all of a patient's care options, including hospice. Admission to hospice is based on a physician's clinical judgment that hospice care would be appropriate, given the expected course of an illness.
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance carriers cover hospice care. Also covered are prescription medications related to the hospice diagnosis, medical equipment and medical supplies.
Hospice care can occur in almost any setting, including homes, hospitals, adult facilities, nursing homes, group homes and hospice residences.
Continuing Christ's Ministry in our Franciscan Tradition. Each day, we commit ourselves to practicing the words of our mission in how we care for our patients.