How We Can Help
Short- & Long-Term Care Planning Treatment Information
Hospice planning simplifies caring for your loved one. He or she receives care in all appropriate settings, including at home, extended-care facilities and hospitals. Regardless of the setting, care is available 24 hours a day. When you call for assistance–any time, day or night–you speak directly to an IU Health Hospice staff member who responds with the care you need.
Our services include:
- Care planning. A clear plan for your loved one’s care may ease your mind and enable you to better enjoy time together. Your social worker and care team meet with you as often as necessary to ensure that you and your family member have the support you need as his or her condition changes.
- Caregiver handbook. We give caregiver handbooks to all patients’ families. Information in this handbook helps you care effectively for your loved one. You can also learn about different care options and other resources that may be useful to you.
- Hospice enrollment in any care setting. Hospice care is different from other medical care. Whether your loved one is at home, in long-term care or in a hospital, we can accept him or her into our program. We work with you to develop a plan that complements any other care your family member is receiving. When a transition is needed, we arrange for transportation, medicines and other details to ensure that the move from one setting to another goes smoothly.
- Home care. If possible, we want your loved one to be at home and comfortable. Care routines assure you that physicians, nurses and other staff members are meeting your family member’s needs. Volunteers provide company and take care of some simple tasks. Home care services may also offer caregiver support.
- Hospice care in long-term care facilities. Your loved one’s increasing needs may require a higher level of nursing and personal care. During regular meetings with you, we anticipate the need for a move and make necessary arrangements. We coordinate with the nursing facility to administer hospice care in addition to the regular care provided by facility staff.
- Hospice care in hospitals. Sometimes advancing illness or an acute condition requires hospitalization. We communicate with the hospital and make arrangements for your loved one’s transfer. Your family member continues to receive comfort care through visits from hospice staff. When possible, we coordinate with the hospital for a move back home or to long-term care.
- Financial planning. Medical and other costs may be a challenge for your family. We have extensive contacts throughout the community to help you plan for appropriate care. These organizations offer assistance to various groups or for various needs. We help you locate resources to control the costs of your loved one’s illness so you can make necessary plans.
Short- & Long-Term Care Planning Locations & Physicians
For more information, please contact us at 866.272.5083.
Short- & Long-Term Care Planning Support Services
You can plan more effectively for your loved one’s comfort by learning more about hospice care at the websites below.
A Sampling of Short- & Long-Term Care Planning Support Services
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
This advocacy organization provides extensive education and other resources relating to hospice.
Hospice Foundation of America
This advocacy organization answers frequently asked questions about hospice and hosts links to hospice resources and education.
This website contains information about hospice care, plus extensive resources to aid caregiving for a person with a long-term or life-limiting illness
Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care
This website shares information about hospice care services available in Indiana as well as tips for caregivers.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society webpage includes information about finding hospice care specific to patients with cancer.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association shares education about hospice and links to hospice resources on its site that may be of special help to patients with conditions related to the heart.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency
Little Red Door offers many resources to patients with cancer, from supplements to turbans to education.