What is Hospice?
Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are dying. Hospice programs address the challenging and often difficult needs and circumstances of those with a life expectancy of six months or less. Services provided by the Helping Hearts Hospice Program embrace the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
Who provides Hospice Services?
The Helping Hearts Hospice Program consists of a team of health care providers who work with hospice patients and families to provide care and emotional support. The core health care team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, and counselors. Other health care professionals may become a part of the team as needed. Trained hospice volunteers also play a critical role in the delivery of hospice care.
How can I Learn More about Volunteer Opportunities with Hospice?
To learn more about volunteer opportunites with the Helping Hearts Hospice Program, visit the Hospice Volunteer webpage or call 254-8950.
Where are Hospice Services provided?
The Helping Hearts Hospice Program provides hospice care to residents of Daviess, Pike, Martin, and Knox counties.
When can one receive Hospice Care?
Hospice care starts when curative treatment is no longer expected to be effective. Hospice does not hasten or postpone death, but recognizes dying as a normal process. The Helping Hearts Hospice Program seeks to create an environment for the patient and family that allows everyone to derive fulfillment from the remaining days. Normally, hospice care is provided to those who have a life expectancy of six months or less.
How is the Helping Hearts Hospice Program Funded?
Portions of Hospice services are covered by insurance. No one is denied Hospice care because of inability to pay. The Helping Hearts Hospice Program relies on donations from private individuals and businesses to provide quality services to the terminally ill.
What types of services are provided?
Professional nursing services
Personal care for the hospice patient
Emotional support for patient and family members
Volunteer services to provide companionship, relief for primary caregivers, and assistance with shopping and errands
Bereavement follow-up services for family members
How can I learn more about the Helping Hearts Hospice Program?
For additional information, contact the Helping Hearts Hospice Program at (812) 254-8950 or P.O. Box 760, Washington, Indiana 47501 or email Debbie Burris, RN.
Debbie Burris, RN, Home Care Services Nurse Manager