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Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity and support for people in the final phase of a terminal illness. Hospice care seeks to enable patients to carry on a pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality at home or in a home-like setting.
According to the National Hospice Foundation, 80 percent of Americans said their wish is to die at home. Hospice allows you to do just that, with comfort and dignity among beloved family and friends.
Frequently asked questions
Who may benefit from hospice?Any individual who has an illness that has become end-stage may be eligible to receive hospice care. Such diseases may include but are not limited to:
How is hospice paid for?We accept payment for services from Medicare, Medicaid, Worker's Compensation, private insurance or private pay.
What bereavement services are available?
Grief and bereavement services are available for one year, or longer if needed, after the death of a loved one. Written materials will be provided to you and your family to help with coping during this time of grief. Education and support groups are available. Bereavement visits can also be made by hospice professionals.
One Light to Remember is a memorial tree lighting ceremony held every year at Sanford Health, in honor or memory of a loved one. This event is open to the public. For more information, call Sanford Home Health and Hospice at (701) 323-8400.
How do I contact hospice for more information?Call our office at (701) 323-8400 and request to speak with a nursing supervisor.
How do I contact the Sanford Health Foundation?Visit bismarck.sanfordhealth.org/foundation or call the office at (701) 323-8450.
How do I become a hospice volunteer?Application
How does 24-hour staff availability work?If a concern or an emergency comes up at any time of day, at least one member of Sanford's hospice team can be reached by a telephone number previously given to the recipient or the recipient's family. If the situation cannot be resolved over the phone, the staff member will visit the home. All on-call staff members are licensed and certified to work in a hospice environment.
"God bless hospice for the wonderful, tender care their pateints receive. My mother's nurse provided emotional support in the kindest, most respectful way."
With the help of the hospice staff, we were able to allow our father to remain at home through the final phase of his illness as he wished."
"Hospice enabled us, financially, to provide our mother with the comfort medicines and equipment that she needed at home."
Hospice nursesPrimary nurses assigned to coordinate your care. The nurse will schedule intermittent visits to your home based on your needs. The role of the nurse is to help prevent and relieve pain and other symptoms.
Physician servicesYour care will be directed by your physician. The hospice medical director will also assist to direct your care as needed.
Social workerFacing a serious illness can be a time of tremendous pain and confusion for an individual and his/her family. A social worker is available to help you and your family.
Therapy servicesAt times, therapy services are provided as part of a patient's hospice care. The goal of therapy is to improve comfort, safety and quality of life.
Certified nurse aidesHome care aides can assist you with activities of daily living and are coordinated by the primary nurse to meet your personal care needs.
VolunteersPatient care volunteers receive hospice training to better understand your needs. Volunteers perform a variety of services to provide support for you and your family, including the sharing of hobbies, reading, running errands or simple companionship.
Spiritual care coordinatorOur hospice spiritual care coordinator is available to meet with you upon request to provide spiritual guidance without imposing his or her personal beliefs. The coordinator can also help with funeral/memorial planning.
Bereavement servicesHospice staff is trained to provide support for you and your family during illness and for up to one year after the death of a loved one, or longer if needed.
Patients who are admitted to Hospice have a life-expectancy of six months or less. When confronted with this sometimes frightening reality, attention is turned from those things in life that are known and understood to thoughts of life after this life. The function of the Hospice Chaplain is to offer comfort and support to patients and families during this difficult time. Support is given through formal prayers, personal prayers, sharing God's Word, singing hymns, offering rituals, inviting story telling and, most importantly, inviting dialogue with both patients and family members. In this manner, the spiritual needs of the patient and family can be met.
Pastoral Care offers daily phone devotions that can be heard by calling (701) 323-8787.