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Hospice Care

When traveling through the final stages of life’s journey, each of us hopes to find support in a warm and comfortable environment surrounded by family and friends. That’s the time to explore hospice care from Avera.

Avera@Home provides hospice care in many settings:

  • Your home or a family member's home
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Assisted living centers
  • Hospice centers 

Did You Know?

Hospice is not a place, but a philosophy of care that provides those who are terminally ill and their families with the medical, emotional and spiritual care they need to find comfort and experience a better quality of life.

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The Hospice Advantage with Avera@Home

When you choose Avera@Home for hospice care, you benefit from the expertise and compassion that Avera is known for. You’ll receive specialized services – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – to help yourself or a loved one deal with the diagnosis of terminal illness.

Our hospice professionals are specially trained to manage pain and symptoms with palliative medicine at the end of life so patients are comfortable, yet alert and able to enjoy each day to the fullest extent possible.

You’ll also benefit from our:

  • Clinical expertise – Receive care from our experienced hospice nurses, many of whom have over 10 years of experience in hospice care.
  • Home infusion therapy – Find comfort by receiving symptom management in your home to relieve pain, nausea, restlessness and more.
  • Dougherty Hospice House – For over 10 years, Dougherty has provided a beautiful home-like environment, offering comprehensive hospice care in Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs – Enjoy our peaceful, scenic location in Yankton, SD, along with expertise in hospice care.

All licensed hospice programs must follow federal and state guidelines in the services they provide. However, unlike other hospice providers, Avera@Home is a non-profit, faith-based program operating from a set of core values: compassion, hospitality and stewardship.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice

Is hospice only for the terminally ill?

In order to qualify for hospice care, you do need to meet a specific set of medical criteria and have a health care provider's order indicating a life-limiting illness, with a prognosis of six months or less.

Hospice care from Avera@Home is most beneficial when there is sufficient time to manage symptoms and establish a trusting relationship. That’s why we recommend taking advantage of hospice support services as early as possible.

Is hospice only for the elderly?

Although the majority of hospice patients are older, Avera@Home serves patients of all ages, including children. People of any age – from pediatrics to geriatrics – with a terminal illness prognosis of six months or less may benefit from hospice services.

How do I pay for hospice care?

Our hospice services are covered 100 percent under Medicare and some Medicaid plans when services are provided in a residential home.

Hospice care provided in a nursing home, independent or assisted living environment may include additional costs not covered under the benefit. Our team can check your eligibility and help you determine what financial options are available to you and your family.

Payment for 100 percent of prescription and nonprescription drugs related to the terminal disease is covered under Medicare.

Many insurance policies and other managed care policies include hospice coverage for all or a portion of related costs. Ask one of our experts to check your eligibility or contact your insurance provider to learn more about your specific coverage.

If you don’t have insurance, our team will work with you to identify ways to pay for hospice services. Through generous community support, the Avera McKennan Foundation ensures no one is turned away because they do not have insurance.

I live in a rural area. Is hospice available for me?

If you live within a 40-mile radius of one of our hospice offices, you can receive hospice care in your home. Avera@Home currently provides hospice to over 60 counties across South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.

If you live outside of our coverage area, Avera@Home experts are still available to help you find hospice resources near you.

Does my physician need to be involved in my hospice care?

Even after you start receiving hospice services, your primary care or designated provider remains in charge of your care. This includes giving final approval on any medication changes. He or she works as an active member of your hospice care team and will receive regular updates from your hospice team.

Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, especially when you know the end is near. In circumstances like these, a unique program at Avera can help patients and their families find peace and a reason to celebrate life.

How Can We Help?

To learn more about hospice, simply fill out this form and one of our Avera@Home experts will contact you within the next business day.

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Give Us a Call

Avera@Home can provide hospice care to people living within a 40-mile radius of our home office locations below. For more information, call one of our locations or submit a request.

  • Aberdeen: 605-622-5200
  • Estherville: 712-362-6169
  • Flandreau: 605-997-2433
  • Hartington: 605-668-8327
  • Madison: 605-556-4030
  • Milbank: 605-432-4538
  • Miller: 605-853-0343
  • Mitchell: 605-995-2268
  • Pierre: 605-224-3218
  • Sibley: 712-754-2574
  • Sioux Falls: 605-322-7705
  • Southwest Minnesota:
    507-537-7070
  • Yankton: 605-668-8327

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