Hospice provides care and support to both patient and family when palliative care and comfort, rather than cure, is the focus in a terminal illness. A team of highly trained professionals provides care at home or in identified long-term care facilities during the end stage of life. The goal of this physician-ordered care is to identify and control symptoms of physical, emotional and spiritual pain.
Pain and symptom control are major objectives of the hospice program. When the patient is physically comfortable, all involved are more able to deal with emotional and spiritual issues and live as fully as possible.
Regularly scheduled visits to the home or the long-term care facility are made by the hospice nurse. As directed by the patient's physician and coordinated by the hospice team members, visits are scheduled for nursing, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, counselors, and volunteers.
Bereavement support is offered to family members for 13 months after the patient’s death. Bereavement care includes:
Most third-party payers provide hospice benefits to cover all or part of the cost of care related to terminal illness. St.Vincent Hospice - Anderson Region is a certified Medicare and Medicaid provider. We are licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health and are accredited by The Joint Commission.
Hospice is part of the full range of cancer services provided by St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. These also include the Cancer Center, chemotherapy, skilled medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, and Tumor Board and Registry. St.Vincent Home Medical provides a variety of medical equipment and supplies for use in the home. The Women’s Center offers state-of-the-art mammography equipment and core biopsy equipment for diagnosis of breast cancer in the earliest stages.