Caring For You At The End Of Life - Northfield Hospice
Tel: 507-646-1457 Fax: 507-646-1395
At Northfield Hospice, we know the end of life is a difficult time for patients and their families. Hospice is a program of care for people who are considered to be in the last phase of life. Our hospice team of nurses, social workers, chaplains and hospice volunteers will work with you, your family and your healthcare provider to provide comfort, dignity and peace of mind during this time of transition.
Our hospice team members strive to provide the type of thoughtful care that we would want for members of our own family. We provide compassionate care to support the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of both our hospice patients and their loved ones. This care is provided wherever the hospice patient calls home including nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Bereavement services are provided during hospice care and for the family after the death of their loved one.
Who Provides Hospice?
Hospice services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and trained volunteers who address both emotional and medical issues associated with terminal illness and the end of life. The team takes care to preserve the familiar rhythms of the household for patients and their families whenever possible. Our caregivers are committed to the patients they serve, and committed to achieving the following goals:
- To provide compassionate, respectful care for the patient, helping him or her to manage symptoms such as pain, nausea and weakness
- To preserve the dignity of each patient and to ensure the integrity of his or her personal choices
- To focus the care on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the person and his or her family
- To provide continuity to the caring process whether at home or in a nursing facility
- To support family and friends during the period of grief and bereavement
Hospice patients and caregivers have the security of knowing that a nurse is available on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever help is needed.
How Much Does Hospice Cost?
Our hospice services are covered by most private insurance plans, Medicare and Medical Assistance. Care that falls outside the scope of hospice, including healthcare provider visits or care at a health facility, will be billed as usual by those parties.
How Can I Learn More?
To learn more about hospice, call the Hospice Director at Northfield Hospital at 507-646-1457. If you're a current hospice family and need to speak to a nurse, call 507-646-1457 Monday -Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hours and on weekends, call 507-646-1244 and ask to have the on-call hospice nurse paged.
"We are permitted to grieve because we have been privileged to love. To escape grief at the cost of never having loved is too dear a price to pay." -Author Unknown
Bereavement services are provided to patients and families as part of our holistic hospice care, and continue for grieving families after the death of their loved one. As part of our follow-up, you will receive personal contact by members of our Hospice Team in person or by phone. If you would like to schedule a visit or learn more about resources in Northfield and the surrounding communities, please contact the Northfield Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 507-646-1349.
Bereavement Article Series
Each month you will receive an article and additional writings about some aspect of grief and loss. Please share these articles and information with others who may appreciate the information and insights. We hope they become a helpful resource to you and your family members.
Bereavement Support Groups
Northfield is fortunate to have a coalition of people that work together each year to provide several events and support groups to support those that are grieving. Dates and times for all events and support groups are listed in the Northfield Grief Coalition Brochure which can be found in the Patient Information section below.
Tree of Remembrance
December 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m., Northfield Hospital Northern Lights Cafe. Flyer
Our annual tree lighting ceremony is a unique way to remember your loved one and raise money for hospice services as we enter into the holiday season. Strings of lights may be purchased to dedicate to your special person. This event is open to the public. Please contact the hospice office for more information.
Annual Hospice Memorial Service
In the spring, Northfield Hospice holds a Memorial Service to bring together family members and friends to remember and honor the people who have been a part of our hospice program. You will receive an invitation closer to the date and we look forward to seeing you at this special event.
Volunteering and Donations
Northfield Hospital & Clinics' hospice services are made possible through the dedication and commitment of community members like you. If you'd like to play an active role in our hospice services, we welcome both volunteers and monetary donations.
Volunteer With Us
In addition to our interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, we offer dedicated volunteers trained in end-of-life care. Our volunteers:
- Provide companionship and emotional support by actively listening
- Provide massage therapy to the patient to ease stress and discomfort
- Provide music and pet therapy with certified therapy dogs
- Run errands, help with household needs and assist with meals
- Read aloud or provide help with writing letters
- Offer bereavement support to family members after their loved one has passed
Outside of assisting directly with patients and their families, many volunteers also help with fundraising, clerical tasks, event-planning and other special projects. We offer free training for hospice volunteers as well as regular meetings throughout the year to enable volunteers to develop their skills and knowledge about end-of-life care and other aspects of hospice. Volunteers should be able to commit at least a year to the program and be at least 18 years of age. If you're interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, download our application and call 507-646-1457 to schedule an interview.
Many family members and friends of those served by hospice opt to make contributions to the program as a lasting and meaningful memorial. If you'd like to make a financial gift, download our donation form and send it along with your check to the address provided on the form.