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@Home. View a map of hospice locations.
Compassionate End-of-Life Hospice Care
Get specialized services around the clock to help yourself or a loved one deal with the diagnosis of terminal illness. Compassionate hospice professionals at Avera attend to the needs of body, mind and spirit in your home, assisted living, long-term care or hospice facility.
Beyond personalized medical care—including pain and symptom control with palliative medicine—you and your caregiver network receive access to a 24-hour on-call nurse, emotional support and education about how to live life as fully as possible.
Benefits for Individuals & Families
As a philosophy of care—not just a place—hospice focuses on comfort and quality of life by establishing a framework for the delivery of medical, emotional and spiritual care in private homes, nursing homes, and independent and assisted-living environments. No matter what setting you choose, you’ll work with Avera’s specially trained team to create a plan for care that may include:
- Assisting with transitional placement needs and preferences
- Providing a peaceful, secure and comfortable environment
- Relieving pain and stress symptoms
- Helping find meaning and fulfillment
- Addressing emotional needs for you and your caregiver network
- Supplementing services currently in place
Enjoy personal interaction with a dedicated team of hospice professionals trained to respond to medical, emotional and spiritual needs. You or your loved one may work with a variety of Avera@Home hospice team members, including:
- Physicians – Oversee care; may include your primary care physician or the Avera@Home medical director
- Hospice nurses – Visit regularly to assess your condition and deliver treatment based on your care plan; coordinate services with caregivers and other hospice team members
- Social workers – Provide counseling, a listening ear and practical support with assessments, consultations, education, resources, referral services, advocacy and discharge planning
- Spiritual counselors – Work with volunteer clergy of many faiths to address spiritual concerns while giving needed support and kindness
- Pharmacists – Provide education and advice about medication and symptom control
- Dietitians – Offer nutritional guidance
- Care assistants/aides/homemakers – Help with personal care and household tasks
- Specialists – Deliver physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or other specific therapeutic services
- Volunteers – Assist the hospice team with a variety of activities, such as regular visits to the home, caregiver respite, attentive listening and encouragement, light housekeeping, meal preparation, grocery shopping or other errands, pet walking, reading aloud or writing letters
Learn more about hospice care by reviewing some common hospice questions and helpful resources from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, available at the CaringInfo website.
Prepare for the best possible transition with information about advance directives and end-of-life planning, as well as our beautiful and comfortable hospice locations at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, and Avera Majestic Bluffs in Yankton, SD.
Share information about your health condition by creating a personal online journal website with CaringBridge. Your personal website can be viewed only by those granted access. You or your family may easily update the site from your home or from a hospice facility.
Bereavement and Grief Support
To ease this life transition for the 13 months following the death of a loved one, take advantage of bereavement and grief support from Avera. Services include:
- Individual counseling with a bereavement coordinator
- Informational mailings
- Memorial gatherings
- Comfort from hospice volunteers, including personal visits and other services
- Support groups for anyone experiencing the pain of loss