What is Hospice?
Hospice is a type of care, not a place where patients go to receive care. Hospice brings together medical and non-medical caregivers as needed to serve patients with life-limiting illnesses, usually within the final six months of life. Hospice care does not hasten death — instead, the goal is to manage pain and other symptoms to make patients comfortable, so they can live every remaining moment to the fullest.
Comfort Care in the Final Stages of Life
At Interim HealthCare of the Twin Cities, we believe that every life matters until the very last moment. That's why we provide a holistic approach to hospice care, focusing on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their family. We make it our mission to help our patients live fully and comfortably, affirming their uniqueness and providing support to their loved ones.
The Interim HealthCare of the Twin Cities Hospice Care Program provides individual personalized care, coordinating the services that will make a patient and their family safe and comfortable. In order to provide maximum comfort, our hospice care can be provided wherever you or your loved one calls home. You can rely on us to bring the services to you, along with our dedication to excellence each and every time.
Building an Environment Based on Mutual Respect and Compassion
Our professional staff shares over 145 years of hospice and palliative caregiving experience. We help patients and families understand the choices they have in care, and which of our services would work best for their specific scenario. Our hospice team is dedicated to improving people's lives, doing everything they can to ensure the patient and their family are compassionately taken care of.
The hospice team at Interim HealthCare of the Twin Cities uses a team-oriented approach to care. Our interdisciplinary hospice group is made up of professionals who address the medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and loved ones.
The Twin Cities Hospice Team Includes:
- Nurses are skilled at managing the needs of each hospice patient by administering and overseeing palliative care and addressing the unique care needs associated with life-limiting illnesses.
- Medical Social Workers are available to ensure that patients and their families receive the appropriate care and to explore community resources to cope with the problems caused by serious illnesses.
- Home Health Aides help to provide personal care services and to assist with basic needs like nutrition, cleanliness and household tasks.
- Chaplains/Spiritual Counselors and Therapists provide spiritual care to help patients and their families process the many emotional end-of-life issues. Chaplains work in conjunction with the patient’s clergy to provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and families.
- Physicians work with the patient and family, as well as, collaborate with attending physicians in the community to help manage symptoms causing discomfort and to develop the right plan of care to ensure continuity in medical decision-making.
- Volunteers provide companionship to people living with a life-limiting illness and help their family caregivers in a variety of ways by providing companionship, running errands and providing general assistance.
- Bereavement Specialists provide support to surviving family members. Group, individual and family grief counseling, telephone support, and informational programs are among the many available bereavement services.
Hospice Myths & Facts
Hospice is about so much more than end of life care. It’s about living and creating memories, and providing the best experience possible for patients and their families at the most difficult time of their lives. Join us as we debunk hospice care, explaining its reality, and countering the misconceptions and fears so many people have.
Bereavement & Grief Program
Grief is natural, and although it can be natural to want to grieve alone, it can be far more comforting and beneficial to accept help and guidance from someone who understands.
Become a Hospice Volunteer
• Providing companionship to patients in the final months or weeks of life
• Helping in our office
• Helping with community outreach
Won’t you join us?
You can make a difference in someone’s life, every day.
Hospice Services Include:
24/7 Support Available
Medical Supplies, Equipment, and Related Medications
Pain and Symptom Management
Make the Most of the Time Remaining
When a loved one is approaching the end of life's journey, it's hard on everyone. As a caregiver, you've seen them through many stages of their health decline. You've stood by their side and helped them manage their condition to the best of your ability. The care and support you've provided has been significant and now, you need someone to be there for you.
Our Hospice Family Caregiver's Guide is designed to provide you with the knowledge and insight you need to help your loved one live out their days with dignity, comfort, and meaning.
Unwavering Patient Support
Hospice care aims to improve the quality of life of individuals who have a terminal illness, by putting in place a robust support system for the patient, their caretakers and family members. To learn more about the team and services that make up the Interim HealthCare Hospice system, download our helpful overview.