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Hospice Care

Hospice Room at Hancock County Memorial Hospital

Hospice is an end-of-life care option that provides patients and their loved ones with comfort, compassion and dignity. Although 90% of hospice care is delivered in the home setting, patients sometimes meet criteria for hospital admission for short-term care.

Hancock County Memorial Hospital’s designated Hospice Room is served by:

Hospice of North Iowa

Hospice of the Heartland

The Hospice room may be used for:

Acute care: Symptom management requiring ongoing assessment and frequent adjustments in the plan of care or for symptoms not responding to interventions attempted in the home care setting.

Respite: To provide relief for the caregiver by providing care for the patient in an inpatient setting. It is for short-term care only, usually five days or less.

Final Care: To provide final care for patients who are unable to remain at home during the last days of life.

Other special circumstances are considered on an individual basis.

The Hospice Room at the Hospital has an adjoining room to provide family with an option of staying nearby without interrupting patient care.  Special accommodations are made for the comfort of the family.

Although hospital staff provide the direct care for the patient, Hospice staff continue to visit the patient, and work together with the hospital staff to maintain continuity in the plan of care. Use of the Hospice room is subject to the availability of the room at the time of admission.

Payment for Hospice Rooms:

Medicare, Medicaid and some insurance companies will pay for services provided in HCMH’s hospice room. Deductibles and co-payments may apply. Hospice staff will discuss any financial responsibilities you may have before finalizing arrangements with the hospital.

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