End of life at Hospice of Pella at Pella Regional is focused on specialized symptom management and providing for emotional and spiritual needs that arise during the dying process. We emphasize quality of life for our patients and their families, whether it is in the patient’s own home or at the Comfort House.
Hospice care is a compassionate method of caring for terminally ill people that:
- Addresses not just physical problems but also psychological and spiritual needs.
- Helps family members during the end of life process and after death.
- Provides holistic comprehensive comfort care when there is no cure, emphasizing pain and symptom control.
- Enables a person to live the last weeks and months of life as fully and comfortably as possible, with dignity, at home or in a home-like setting.
- Accepts death as a natural part of life, seeking neither to hasten or prolong the dying process.
- Provides emotional support by encouraging open communication, life review, death preparation and meeting spiritual needs.
Anyone can make a referral for hospice care. Patients must meet the following criteria for admission:
- Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of an advanced incurable illness with a prognosis of six months or less.
- The patient, family and family physician must understand the hospice philosophy of comfort care instead of curative care. They must agree that hospice care is needed and wanted.
- Care of the patient must remain under the direction of the patient's physician.
- There must be someone available for giving primary care (if home care is desired).
- The home should be within a 30-mile driving radius from Pella (if home care is desired).
Hospice of Pella encourages anyone who has a family member diagnosed with a serious illness to ask their health care provider about hospice services. Hospice staff will check with the primary physician to see if hospice care is appropriate and then call the patient/family to see if hospice care is desired.