Hospice Care

Patient Services

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Heartland provides care for the body, mind and spirit. We encourage our patients to share their thoughts, hopes and concerns, so we can better meet their unique needs. Hospice benefit's covered services may include:

  • Comforting care, provided by an interdisciplinary team
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support
  • Medications
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Patient and family education
  • Comforting treatments
  • Therapies
  • Bereavement services
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Hospice Indicators

Heartland Hospice is dedicated to providing patients with care wherever they consider home. Hospice is a special way of caring for people with terminal illnesses.

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Hospice Indicators

Heartland Hospice is dedicated to providing patients with care wherever they consider home. Hospice is a special way of caring for people with terminal illnesses.

Hospice is a Medicare benefit that provides support to the mind, body and spirt of patients and their families. Medicare covers medications, supplies and equipment related to the terminal illness without cost to the patients. Medicaid and most insurance also cover hospice services. 

Knowing when to refer a loved one for a hospice evaluation can be difficult. That is why we have provided health care providers, as well as patients and families, with some indicators that may indicate eligibility for hospice care. 

People who might be eligible for and benefit from hospice care may demonstrate some of these symptoms:

  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Excessive sleeping throughout the day
  • Multiple hospital visits/stays in the past six months
  • Excessive swelling of the legs and ankles, even when feet are propped up
  • Difficulty breathing, even at rest or with increased oxygen levels
  • Weakness during activities of daily living
  • Frequent changes in medications
  • Pain that is poorly controlled
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Not 'bouncing back" after illness
  • Not responding to current treatments or therapy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Wounds that are not healing
  • Loss of speech
  • Infections
  • Not sleeping through the night due to pain, shortness of breath or other symptoms
Anyone can call Heartland Hospice to receive information about our services. We offer support to patients and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will also contact physicians to ensure that patients are eligible for the hospice benefit.
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Myth: Hospice Means Giving Up Hope

You deserve to know the truth. Let Heartland dispel this common hospice myth.

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Myth: Hospice Means Giving Up Hope

MYTH: "I was so scared to even say 'hospice.' I thought it meant I had to give up. Give up hope. Give up trying. Give up praying for a cure."

TRUTH: In order to receive hospice, the patient must be eligible and have an understanding that hospice focuses on comfort care (palliative), not cure. But patients and families do not have to be "ready to die" before getting the care they need and deserve. Hospice helps patients and families deal with what is happening to them on their own terms and in their own time frame. It is important to get hospice early so that the benefit can help patients prepare and get ready for what is happening; it is not required that patients be ready prior to receiving care.

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