What services are provided by Seasons Hospice?
The vast majority of Seasons Hospice patients are cared for in their home, whether that is a private residence, nursing home, assisted living facility or other residential facility. All hospice services are available to our home hospice care patients in southeastern Minnesota, within a 30-mile radius around Rochester and encompassing Dodge County, Fillmore County, Goodhue County, Mower County, Olmsted County, Wabasha County, and Winona County.
How is hospice care paid for?
Services may be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or private pay.
Registered nurses provide individualized care to meet the needs of each patient. The care is focused on pain and symptom management, promoting independence and offering choices regarding that care. The patient remains in control of their care and directs that care for as long as possible.
Patient care coordinators are registered nurses who provide regular visits to monitor the patient’s condition and needs. The patient care coordinator also provides education and instruction in care techniques for family and friends and coordinates the delivery of care, working closely with the patient’s physician to provide relief from distressing conditions.
Licensed practical nurses provide routine personal care, assistance with medications and treatment procedures and support of the patient and family.
On-call nursing services are provided by Seasons Hospice nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week for consultation and problem solving.
Medical doctors are available to the hospice staff to consult with the staff or other physicians regarding care of the hospice patients. The patient’s personal physician remains involved in the management of the patient’s plan of care.
Medical Social Services
Licensed social workers can provide psychological and emotional support for the hospice patient and their family and provide referral services for community programs and resources.
Seasons Hospice provides medications necessary to manage symptoms associated with the terminal illness. The goal of hospice care is to keep the patient as comfortable as possible throughout the last months of life. Medication needs are addressed by the hospice team and the physician.
Medical Supplies and Equipment
Supplies and equipment needed to manage the changing needs and comfort of the hospice patient in their home are provided through Seasons Hospice. In order to allow patients to remain where they are most comfortable, medical equipment for adaptation to weakness, immobility and other changes related to the progression of a terminal illness is available. This equipment may include hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, shower benches or bedside commodes.
Medical supplies are also provided to assist in the caregiving and managing the disease process. Such supplies may include dressings or medical supplies. Oxygen therapy supplies are provided through hospice if needed for comfort related to the terminal illness.
The need for equipment and supplies is addressed with each individual hospice patient and family. Arrangements for the delivery and set up of all equipment and supplies are made through Seasons Hospice.
Our staff chaplain offers spiritual support for the patient and their loved ones as requested. Spiritual support is nondenominational.
Massage therapy specializes in the needs of the seriously ill by offering massage services to hospice patients wherever the patient resides. Massage may be helpful in aiding relaxation, reducing pain, anxiety and other physical and emotional symptoms. It can create an overall feeling of well-being.
Music therapy is the use of music within a therapeutic relationship to address a patient’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. It is highly personalized and the focus may be on the patient’s physical state, their emotional or spiritual concerns, or on supporting family or social gatherings.
Seasons Hospice’s therapy dog program serves to provide comfort, support, love, and animal companionship to patients, their families, and staff through the use of highly trained therapy dog teams acting in a volunteer capacity.
Registered therapy dog teams comprised of a trained therapy dog and trained volunteer handler, will visit hospice patients at their place of residence, whether a private home, nursing home, assisted living facility or other residential facility upon a referral/recommendation from Seasons Hospice staff and permission from patient and/or family.
Bereavement support is available to help patients and families understand and manage their experiences of loss, change, grief, and mourning while providing support and hope.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Seasons Hospice team, providing compassion and care when it is needed most. The support and care that volunteers can offer to patients and families include: providing companionship, transportation, assisting with chores, running errands, or providing respite for the family caregiver. For more information about volunteering visit Volunteer Opportunities.
Assistance with light homemaking tasks is provided by staff or volunteers as needed or requested by the patient and family.