Most people do not want to die in pain, alone in a hospital, hooked up to machines. They would prefer to be at home, with good pain and symptom management, and amongst things they are familiar and with people that they love. Heartlinks Hospice is dedicated to making this happen.
Over 90% of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home. However, hospice’s humane and compassionate care can also be implemented in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family homes.
Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care provides a wide spectrum of compassionate services to help patients and their families cope with a terminal illness and death. The goal of hospice is to manage pain and other symptoms, enabling patients to spend their last days in dignity. Hospice accomplishes this goal by providing an array of medical, social work and spiritual services with the cooperation of both healthcare professional and trained volunteers.
These services include:
- Physician Care
- Medications related to Hospice diagnosis for pain and symptom management
- Medical Equipment needed for comfort
- Skilled Nursing
- Pain and Symptom Management
- Personal Care
- Social work
- Spiritual Care
- Music and Massage Therapy
- Education and training for you as a caregiver
- On Call Nurse 24 hours, 7 days a week.
- Bereavement services offered for 14 months after a loved one’s death
- Unique services for Veterans
Heartlinks Hospice staff and volunteers help support patients, their families and friends in focusing on what is most important to them…spending time together, sharing memories, say goodbye, finding peace, and caring for one another.
Most hospice patients have a life expectancy of six months or less. This is often a difficult time, yet many families report that hospice services helped them care for their loved one better and find meaning, even joy, in the last days of their loved ones life.
Historically, most hospice patients have been elderly and suffering from cancer. However, hospice services are available to patients of all ages diagnosed with a wide variety of illnesses. These include end-stage heart, lung, renal and neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and many more.
A referral to any of our programs can be made by anyone, including family members, friends or health care professionals. Please call (509) 837-1676 or 1-800-474-6008, and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible