Our hospice care is specialized to provide support and comfort to you and your loved ones during an advanced illness. With our individualized approach to care, your medical team focuses on your comfort and quality of life. Our goal is to make sure you can live each day to the fullest.
Individuals who are eligible for hospice care have a limited life expectancy – defined by Medicare as six months or less – and can receive care wherever they call home. Our services are provided without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities (mental or physical), communicable disease, national origin or ability to pay.
To learn more about how you or a loved one can benefit from hospice care, contact our staff today.
The goal of hospice is not to cure a disease, but to reduce your symptoms and provide emotional, spiritual and physical support to you, your family and primary caregivers. All hospice services are provided in accordance with your values and preferences for your care. The hospice team and medical director review the plan of care every 15 days, or more often if necessary. Your primary physician will authorize any changes to the plan of care as appropriate.
Hospice services include but are not limited to:
- physician care, nursing, hospice aide and continuous care nursing in times of crisis;
- social services, spiritual care and volunteer support for patients and caregivers;
- physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, speech therapy, massage therapy, music therapy and laboratory analysis;
- medications, medical supplies, x-rays, durable medical equipment, palliative radiation/chemotherapy and certain surgical procedures when needed for pain and symptom management;
- short inpatient stays and respite care; and,
- bereavement services for family or friends for 13 months following their loved one’s death.
St. Croix Hospice provides a comprehensive assessment for medications, medical supplies and equipment for all hospice patients and coordinates delivery of needed items. This includes 24-hour emergency service for medications and home delivery as needed. It also includes medication monitoring, planning and education. St. Croix Hospice will assist with disposal of medications that are no longer needed according to our policy.
St. Croix Hospice primarily provides care for patients in their homes, assisted living communities and or nursing facilities. However, if temporary inpatient care is needed for symptom control or respite care, it is available if authorized in the plan of care.
Changing Or Cancelling Hospice Service
You can choose to cancel hospice services at any time, however you must notify St. Croix Hospice of the decision and a revocation statement must be completed. Speak with your care team for more information.
You can also choose to receive hospice services from another provider at any time without interruption of benefits. Inform us promptly so transfer arrangements can be made.
If your medical condition improves so hospice care is no longer needed, or you choose to seek curative treatment outside of the hospice plan of care, your team will discuss whether discharge is right for you. If hospice services are again deemed appropriate in the future, you can be readmitted to St. Croix Hospice.
To learn more about how you can benefit from hospice care, contact our staff today.