At Lake Superior Hospice we use the “Team” approach when it comes to our patients. Many people with many different skills work together for the good of the patient and the family.
The following services are available:
- Nursing care provided by or under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- Medical social services provided by a social worker under the direction of a physician.
- Physicians’ services performed by the patient’s own attending physician. The Hospice Medical Director may on occasion provide supplemental physician services.
- Counseling services for the terminally ill individual, family members or other persons caring for the individual at home. Counseling, including dietary counseling, is provided to teach the individual’s family or other caregivers to provide care, and help the terminally ill individual and those caring for him/her adjust to the approaching death.
- Short-term inpatient care provided by area hospitals. Inpatient care is arranged only for special care to relieve pain or other physical symptoms that cannot be managed at home, to provide respite for the individuals’ caregivers, or for other reasons approved by the Hospice. Inpatient services must conform to the written plan of care.
- Medical equipment and supplies, including drugs and biologicals, are provided when they are related to the individual’s terminal illness.
- Home health and homemaker services are provided.
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietary, and speech-language therapy services are provided for purposes of symptom control or to enable the patient to maintain daily living activities and basic functional skills.
- Pastoral counseling is provided if desired by patient/family.
- Volunteer assistance is provided for household chores, transportation, visiting, listening, and respite care.
- Continuous care nursing service is provided during periods of crisis for as much as 24 hours a day to maintain an individual at home.
- Bereavement counseling and follow-up care are provided to caregivers following the passing of a loved one.
- Nursing services, physician services, drugs, and biologicals are available on a 24-hour basis as needed for the palliation and management of an individual’s terminal illness and related conditions.
Help is always available
Family or friends providing care in the home can call for help at any time-24 hours a day. A member of the hospice team will come to the patient’s home
Bereavement Counseling (This service is not exclusive to the patients of LSH)
Hospice helps prepare family and friends for the loss of a loved one. Additional support is also provided after the loss occurs, through:
- Individual and family counseling
- Volunteer visits
- Support groups
- Learning about loss and grief
- Monthly luncheon
- Annual memorial service
Visit our Grief Support Page for more information.
Kind of Care
“Every year, more than 1.65 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals don’t only provide quality medical care. They work to make sure patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”
Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.
Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now.