Hospice Care

Patient Services

Live Each Day To The Fullest

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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When to Consider Heartland Hospice

Hospice is a special way of caring for people with terminal illness. Knowing when to schedule a hospice evaluation can be difficult.

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When to Consider Heartland Hospice

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. 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 of 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 an 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 contact Heartland Hospice to receive information about our services. To find services near you, click here.

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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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