Avera St. Mary's Hospice combines the expertise of the physician, nurses, trained volunteers, pastors, social workers, therapists, dieticians, home health aides, and pharmacists to provide end-of-life care.
Avera St. Mary's Hospice is a comprehensive program for terminally ill patients and their families. To be eligible for hospice the patient must:
- Have a limited life expectancy of six months or less.
- Desire hospice care and understand that it is geared toward comfort care.
- Have a local physician who is supportive of the hospice concept.
- Have a primary caregiver responsible for the patient 24 hours per day. This can be a combination of family, friends or hired assistants.
Cost of Hospice Care
There is no charge for hospice care (other than room and board if a patient requires out-of-home care). Medicare/Medicaid or insurance may be used to pay for hospice. Countryside Hospice provides funding to assist local residents if they do not have resources for hospice care. Social workers from Avera St. Mary's assist the family in identifying resources for payment, when needed.
Where is Hospice Care Provided?
Hospice services can be in a variety of settings: most often, the patient's home, but also in assisted living, or a nursing home. Avera St. Mary's Transitional Care Unit has two palliative care patient rooms with private baths and adjoining family rooms, which provide space for families to gather, make simple meals, and rest. They have comfortable, home-like furnishings, decorated with warm colors and most importantly...privacy. These rooms were funded through community donation and Countryside Hospice.