Hospice care provides medical services, emotional & spiritual support for people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one.
Eligibility for most hospice programs is based on two criteria:
- Your condition is considered incurable, and
- Your doctor has indicated your life expectancy is 6 months or less
The goal of hospice treatment is to keep you comfortable and improve your quality of life while you are dying. Hospice services are not intended to speed up or prolong the dying process. Rather, focus is placed on relieving pain and other symptoms, enhancing the quality of remaining life, and keeping you as alert and comfortable as possible.
The professionals at Montrose Health Center are here to help.
Hospice programs generally include:
- Basic medical care with a focus on pain and symptom control
- Medical supplies and equipment, as needed
- Counseling and social support to help you and your family with psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues
- Guidance with difficult, but normal, issues of life completion and closure
- A break (respite care) for caregivers, family, and others who regularly care for you
- Counseling and support for your loved ones after you die.
Montrose Health Center also works with Lee County Hospice, Hospice of Central Iowa, Great River Hospice, and Fort Madison Community Hospital Hospice to provide hospice services at Montrose Health Center.