Our time on earth is a journey. St. Vincent Hospice has a special and compassionate way of caring for individuals who are facing end of life. As part of Ascension at Home our hospice and bereavement teams bring many supportive care programs to the patient and his loved ones. Through our St. Vincent continuum of care, we provide hospice services at a:
Bereavement counselors are available to the family members to help work through the grief and honor the life of your loved one. We are committed to treating the whole family at every stage of life. For more information about St. Vincent – Ascension Hospice services near you, talk to a St. Vincent Care Coordinator at a St. Vincent Hospital or call one of our Hospice offices.
Hospice is a special way of caring for someone with a limited life expectancy, when the prognosis is discussed in terms of months rather than years. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor prolongs the dying process. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by keeping the patient comfortable pain free.
St. Vincent Hospice services are focused on the entire family. Our concern is not only for a family's physical welfare but also its emotional and spiritual well-being. St. Vincent hospice care is provided by certified hospice and palliative care physicians who assist patients with pain relief and other symptoms. They provide spiritual, emotional, social, and physical assistance, as well as connections to bereavement groups.
Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place of care. Therefore, patients can receive care wherever they call home: personal residences; nursing facilities; assisted living residences; and hospital settings.
If pain or symptoms cannot be controlled at home, the patient has the opportunity to be evaluated to receive hospice care at our hospice inpatient unit or one of our hospitals.
With our guiding symbol of the three doves - representing body, mind and spirit - St. Vincent Hospice is charged with the mission of helping patients and families complete the journey of life in comfort and peace. We achieve our mission through the expertise of our hospice and palliative care certified medical staff who work together to provide holistic choices and dignity.
As opposed to curative care, palliative care is a special type of care to help patients feel more comfortable and ease the suffering from a serious illness. Those living with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, find palliative care particularly helpful.
Through this specialized treatment, our team helps patients find relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep, and many other symptoms. We help patients deal with the side effects of medical treatment, provide emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family, and improve communication with healthcare providers.
St. Vincent Hospice Indianapolis -- Ami Patel, MD, Medical Director
St. Vincent Hospice Indianapolis, Associate Medical Directors
St. Vincent Hospice Anderson -- Robert Anderson, MD, Medical Director
St. Vincent Hospice Kokomo -- Dianna Andrews, MD, Medical Director
Physicians –These doctors assume responsibility for the medical component of the program. They establish individualized plans of care tailored to maximize the patient’s quality of life. They are available for consultation with the patient's attending physician.
RNs - A hospice nurse acts as the coordinator of care. She will make regular visits and monitor effectiveness of the patient’s treatment plan. She provides education on the illness, interventions, and what to expect as the illness progresses.
Home Health Aides – A home health aide can make regular visits to provide assistance to the patient and caregivers with bathing, changing bed linens, and light housekeeping.
Social Worker - A licensed social worker can make regular visits to provide information and assist in connecting the patient and family with community-based resources, to assist with in place-of-residence assessments and coordinate future care needs, facilitate goals setting and advance care planning, and provide patient and family support.
Chaplain - A chaplain can make regular visits to provide spiritual support to the patient and family.
Bereavement - Hospice offers bereavement care to the patient's family and/or caregivers for at least 13 months after their loved one has died. The St. Vincent Bereavement Team offers a variety of bereavement support groups and a bi-monthly bereavement newsletter.
Other Healthcare Professionals – Dietary counselors, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and respiratory services are available as appropriate.
Volunteers - A hospice volunteer can make regular visits to provide respite for the primary caregiver. This helps the caregiver attend to personal needs. The volunteer also provides companionship and socialization and can assist with other activities such as legacy projects and running errands. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 317-982-3553.
An inquiry regarding hospice services may be initiated by anyone at any time. When a patient is faced with a terminal illness with limited life expectancy and the goal changes from curative to comfort, it is time to contact St. Vincent Hospice for a consultation. We will then work with a physician or nursing provider to determine if hospice is the right choice.
Patient eligibility is based on the following:
Call St. Vincent Hospice Admissions Office:
Hospice allows the patient and family to stay together in the comfort of the home, but if it is determined that the patient needs an inpatient facility, the medical team will make the arrangements for the patient's stay.
Hospice a covered service by Medicare, Medicaid or other health insurance plans.
If a patient has no coverage for hospice services, St. Vincent Hospice can provide financial counseling. It is the policy of
St. Vincent Hospice that no one be denied services based on the ability to pay.
For additional questions, contact the St. Vincent Hospice Admissions Office.
Routine Home Care - Care provided in the patient’s residence whether a private home or nursing facility.
Continuous Home Care - Intended for brief periods of crisis management of acute symptoms to maintain the patient in their home-setting (requires patient to have a skilled need and a minimum of 8 hours of direct care provided in a 24-hour period with greater than 50% of care provided by a nurse and the remainder of time by a hospice aide.)
General Inpatient Care - Intended for the control of acute pain or other symptoms that cannot be adequately managed in the home-setting. (The patient must have a skilled need; custodial care does not qualify. This level of care can be provided in a hospice inpatient facility, hospital or nursing home.)
Respite Care - This level of care is for patients whose caregivers need relief. (It is reimbursed for no more than 5 consecutive days per occurrence but must be provided in a Medicare-approved facility such as a hospice inpatient facility, hospital or nursing home.)
Aromatherapy is a relaxing therapy and uses essential oils from aromatic plants to promote a pleasant, fragrant environment and help reduce the symptoms of physical, emotional, and spiritual stress. The oils interact with the body's hormones and enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions.
A luxurious spa experience is offered to provide relaxation. At St. Vincent Hospice Indianapolis, we offer baths, manicures and pedicures, and a Jacuzzi to relieve stress and enhance emotional well-being.
For more information about bereavement services, call 317-982-3573 or toll-free 888-780-7284.
To subscribe to the St. Vincent Ascension at Home Bereavement Newsletter, The Road to Healing, email Sarah Merritt, or call 317-982-3573.
See helpful Dovenote blog articles about the hospice experience and bereavement support for the caregiver and family members.
St. Vincent Hospice provides bereavement counseling for families and friends dealing with the emotional, physical, and social challenges that may come from the loss of a loved one. Grief and the journey toward wholeness and health again after a loss is a process that demands attention, energy, and focus on many levels.
In addition to individual counseling, there are a variety of free support groups and workshops that provide education and information regarding the things one can do to address the more negative impacts of the stress response to grief.
Free support groups and workshops provide education and a supportive environment to learn how to address the negative aspects of stress and common responses to grief.
Contact St. Vincent Hospice to learn more about these programs and events.
You may call St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis 24 hours a day, seven days a week for questions about hospice care at any of our locations. The hospice staff can contact your physician and/or your insurance provider to assist you in accessing hospice care.
Call (317) 338-4060 or toll-free 888-780-7284.
St. Vincent - Indianapolis
Inpatient Unit: 317-829-2127
Home Hospice: 317-829-2126
Admission Office: 317-829-2125
St. Vincent - Anderson
Home Care and Hospice Phone: 765-203-2616
Home Care and Hospice Fax: 765-648-3805
St. Vincent - Kokomo
Home Care and Hospice Phone: 765-456-5885
Home Care and Hospice Fax: 765-457-3880
Hospice is a concept of care, not a place of care. Patients can receive care in several settings.
An interdisciplinary team cares for hospice patients. The team members work with the patient and family to develop and implement a plan of care. Team members include:
Attending physician: Usually the patient's own primary doctor who works directly with the hospice team in the day-to-day management of the patient's care
Hospice physician: A medical director and team physicians direct the hospice team's patient care.
Registered nurse: Specially trained to manage pain and other symptoms, answers questions, and educate the patient and family about care, also acts as a case manager and coordinates the team's patient care
Social worker: Assesses the patient and family's emotional, cultural, psychological and social needs, including coping skills, financial counseling and assistance, and support systems; then provides emotional support and makes referrals to other services or community agencies
Chaplain: Assesses the patient and family's spiritual needs and religious preferences, works closely with the patient's own clergy and can provide additional spiritual resources or support, and can assist with funeral planning and bereavement services.
Home health aide: Provides direct personal care, including bathing, mouth care, skin care and socialization, and can assist with walking and range-of-motion.
Dietician: Available for consultations about nutrition
Therapists: Provide physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Volunteer: Specially trained to provide socialization, visitation and active listening for patients and families
The hospice team assesses the need for medical equipment and provides any necessary equipment such as hospital beds, oxygen, walkers and wheelchairs, shower chairs, and bedside commodes, as needed. Supplies may include incontinence pads and briefs, dressings and bandages, bedpans, urinals, and catheters. The patient/family is responsible for non-medical supplies, including toiletries, linens and gowns.
Hospice covers medications related to the hospice diagnosis, including narcotics, as needed for comfort and symptom management. Hospice does not cover medications not related to the patient's diagnosis, and the patient must purchase most non-prescription medications.
St. Vincent Hospice has an on-site pharmacy for in-patients and home care patients. The hospice nurse can usually deliver medications at a scheduled visit if the patient knows when he or she will need refills and notifies the nurse in advance. Patients and families may pick up medication at the hospice pharmacy if required. Hospice can also work with a local pharmacy or delivery pharmacy for urgencies or after-hours crises.
St. Vincent Hospice provides assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please call the hospice office. Do not call 911 unless you want life-prolonging, aggressive interventions. A chaplain and social worker are also on-call for spiritual or emotional needs. A home health aide is on-call on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A member of the administrative team and a hospice physician are also available.
In the early weeks of care, it may not be necessary for someone to be with the patient all of the time. Many patients are physically and mentally capable of living alone and can manage with intermittent visits by the hospice team. As the illness progresses, the patient may require more assistance. The hospice staff assesses the patient's needs on an ongoing basis and makes appropriate recommendations.
Advance directives are documents that state an individual's preference about medical treatment decisions or designate another person to make decisions on the individual's behalf according to the patient's wishes. These directives take effect when a patient is no longer able to make his or her own health care decisions.
Although hospice does not require a patient to have an advance directive, families often find it very helpful and comforting to know their loved ones wishes. Hospice social workers are available to discuss and assist in preparing advance directives.
A patient can cancel or revoke hospice care at any time for any reason. A patient may elect to resume hospice services at any time if medically eligible. St. Vincent Hospice may not discharge any patient because he or she is unable to pay for hospice services, the illness is too expensive to manage, or the condition requires hospitalization for symptom control.
Most hospice patients choose to die at home. The hospice team educates the patient and caregivers and prepares them for what to expect during the dying process. A family may elect to have private time with their loved one during this time or may request the hospice staff to be present. At the patient or family's request, we will arrange a transfer to the inpatient unit when death appears imminent.
We offer bereavement care to the patient's family members or significant others for a period of at least thirteen months from the date of death. The hospice bereavement program can provide encouragement through phone calls, newsletters and grief support groups.
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