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When is the right time to consider hospice care?

Deciding when it’s time to consider hospice care isn’t always easy. That’s why it’s essential to choose a hospice team dedicated to providing compassionate care to keep you or a loved one comfortable through end-of-life transitions. When tomorrows aren’t promised, Mercyhealth’s Hospice team provides physical, emotional and spiritual support when it’s needed most.

Our expert hospice team offers specialized care that provides dignity, comfort, and respect during this significant time in one’s life.

“My mom had heart problems, and I finally said, ‘I think it’s time that I make a call to hospice.’” recalled Olive, the daughter of a hospice patient. “Things came to a point where I said that I need hospice care and so does my mother, and Mercyhealth Hospice was right there for us.”

Many hands are here to serve you

At Mercyhealth Hospice, we offer advance care planning, skilled nursing care, grief support, and unique services not offered by other local hospice providers.

“My goal is to make my patients and their loved ones as physically and emotionally comfortable with the process as possible. Nursing care at the end of life is just as crucial as at the start of life,” says Sara Parille, Hospice Supervisor.

Advance care planning

Planning ahead helps you prepare for when you are no longer able to make your own decisions. Advance care planning ensures your health care wishes and preferences are met.

Our certified advance care planning facilitators are specially trained to help you create a written health care plan. The goal is to help you understand your future health care options by separating common myths from facts, deciding what “quality of life” means to you by reflecting on your values, goals and religious values, knowing how to choose someone to make your health care decisions, and learning what actually happens when you cannot make your own decisions any longer.

Skilled nursing care

Our skilled nursing staff helps patients with medications, wound care and other symptoms.

At Mercyhealth Hospice, our philosophy of caring, respecting, supporting and honoring the needs of an individual experiencing a serious illness brings peace of mind and comfort to all.

Peace of mind for pets

We offer animal care to keep patients and their beloved pets together at the end of life.

“I learned at a very young age that animals provide a special kind of unconditional love and they need a voice to advocate for them,” says Amy Bucholtz, Hospice Case Manager. “Mercyhealth’s Pet Peace of Mind program is very important because pets are family, and they also go through the trauma of losing someone. They deserve to be placed in another loving home.”

Grief support when you need it

Our grief support groups are a great resource when suffering from the loss of a loved one. We provide a space for you to share your story and receive the support you need in the grieving process.

Bereavement services are offered for 13 months after a loss. Our bereavement coordinator provides comfort and support to family members in their journey of grief. Learning about normal grief reactions, as well as having opportunities to share feeling and experiences, allow you to realize you are not alone in your grief.

“Hospice is a specialty that focuses on the quality of life for patients and caregivers. Hospice is so near and dear to my heart because of the amount of education and comfort I can provide to patients and their families,” says Mercyhealth Hospice Nurse Natasha Schneider.

We honor veterans

Our staff understands the unique needs of veterans and is prepared to meet the specific challenges that veterans and their families may face at the end of life.

Our We Honor Veterans program offers special care, respect, and support for men and women who have served in the US military. Volunteers who have also served provide support and a special pinning ceremony to honor each veteran admitted as a hospice patient.

Volunteers are always welcome

Understandably, volunteers are an important part of the Mercyhealth Hospice team. Our volunteers receive specialized training and give their time and talents to help with patient and agency needs, and we appreciate each and every one of them.

Volunteers can choose to work directly with individuals and their families or work in our office, at home, or out in the community.

Make a referral for hospice care

We understand you will have questions and may need help deciding if now is the right time to consider hospice care. To learn more about Mercyhealth Hospice or to make a referral, call 888.396.3729, or visit mercyhealthsystem.org/service/hospice/.