We focus on maintaining quality of life for patients facing the end of life
Our specialists work together to support the patient and their family through compassionate care.
Indiana University Health Hospice provides patients and their families with family-centered care delivered by highly trained professionals. Care from our integrated team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We provide assistance to your loved one wherever they reside and help them carry out the activities and personal choices that add meaning to life.
Our comprehensive care includes both traditional and complementary or alternative services.
IU Health Hospice, with ongoing coordination with your physician, provides traditional hospice services focusing on symptom management and pain control. Traditional hospice care includes 24-hour on-call support and service. Hospice care services include nursing visits, respite care, pharmaceutical services, medical social work, spiritual care and counseling services. No one can prepare you for the feelings you will experience following the death of loved one. IU Health Hospice offers several bereavement and family support groups and seminars for both patients and their loved ones to help them through this time.
Complementary and Alternative Services
Complementary and alternative services offered by IU Health Hospice are intended to help improve the quality of life for hospice patients. Complementary and alternative services such as music therapy, massage therapy, and art therapy help to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Additional services include, but are not limited to:
- Comfort through the management of symptoms
- Care from knowledgeable and compassionate staff
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your loved one
- Assistance with daily living activities
- Massage therapy
- Bereavement support
Why is hospice care important?
Hospice brings peace of mind by providing assistance, medications, equipment and education to you and your family. It enables you to give your loved one the highest possible level of physical comfort and dignity at end of life. With reduced pain and care for immediate physical needs, your loved one is free to enjoy time with you and your family.
Hospice care is available for any person with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease proceeds as expected. The main goal of hospice is to provide quality and compassionate care that meets the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of patients facing the end of life. Hospice also supports families with information about your loved one’s changing condition and with bereavement support.
How does hospice care work?
Hospice provides what is called “palliative care,” which is different from the kind of care intended to cure disease. Palliative care specialists treat pain and symptoms of disease, providing for your loved one some freedom from the pain and stress that often accompany life-limiting illnesses.
In addition to palliative medical care, nurses and health aides provide assistance with activities of daily living. Spiritual counselors help you and your loved one face the kinds of emotional challenges that come with acceptance of hospice care. Bereavement counselors help you and your family on the path to acceptance of your loved one’s death.
Death is a natural part of life. Hospice helps you and your loved one use these precious days, weeks or months to come to terms with the fears and grief that naturally accompany death. With this understanding can come the fulfillment of knowing this time is well spent.
IU Health Hospice is affiliated with Indiana University School of Medicine
Palliative care specialists from Indiana University School of Medicine [Link to http://medicine.iupui.edu/palliative/] provide care based on continuing developments in the ability of medicine to relieve pain and symptoms for those with life-limiting illnesses. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for your loved one. Our palliative care specialists work together with you to make this special time as fulfilling as possible.
Learn more about hospice care
You can find more information about hospice care and how it can improve the lives of your loved one and family by visiting these websites:
- Hospice Foundation of America HFA provides in-depth information about hospice care for family, caregivers and others involved in supporting and caring for those with life-limiting conditions.
- National Hospice Foundation NHF is an education and outreach organization that also raises funds to improve hospice care nationally.
- Caring Connections Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) that provides people with information and support when they are caring for a loved one, living with illness or grieving a loss.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization NHPCO is an advocacy and education organization for hospice providers and families.