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About Hospice


What is Hospice?

It’s a special way of caring for people with terminal illnesses and their families.

·   Hospice offers palliative, rather than curative treatment

·   Hospice treats the person, not the disease

·   Hospice emphasizes quality, rather than length of life

·   Hospice considers the entire family, not just the patient, the “unit of care.”

·   Hospice offers help and support to the patient and family on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week basis



How is the patient admitted to hospice?

·   Anyone may make a referral call to Hospice for care

·   Hospice cares for all types of terminal illness, not just cancer



Why is Hospice care important?

Because it provides many benefits that aren’t possible in a traditional health-care setting.



Hospice means:

A coming together with family

Through hospice, the family is directly involved in making decisions and in helping the person they love.


Hospice serves the family as a unit and is sensitive to any special needs.

Who is eligible for hospice care?

·   Patient no longer seeking curative treatment

·   Life expectancy is measured in months or less

·   A primary caregiver is designated by the patient and available 24 hours a day.



What makes hospice special?

Hospice is special because it concentrates on care—not cure.


Hospice Emphasizes

·   Pain control

·   Living life fully

·   Care at home

·   Treating patients and loved ones



Who pays for hospice programs?

·   Grants

·   Contributions

·   Local fund raisers

·   Memorial gifts

·   Medicare

·   Medicaid

·   Private insurance


No person is excluded form service because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, disease process, communicable disease or ability to pay.



Solomon Valley Hospice Team


Back row (left to right): Dr. Craig Concannon, Rebecca Heidrick, Janelle Budke, L.B.S.W.
Front row (left to right): Raeleene Beam, R.N., Rev. Bruce Keck, Paula Jones, R.N. - Hospice Director, Julie Schmidt, R.N.


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