Hospice

Compassionate, family-centered end-of-life care

When your loved one is facing a life limiting illness, you want to do everything you can to provide them comfort. 

IU Health Hospice provides compassionate, family-centered care to those with life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. We focus on relieving your loved ones symptoms and pain, so you can enjoy as much quality time together as possible. 

Our Approach to Hospice CareSlice

We understand that everyone’s situation is different, so we offer Hospice care in the environment that best suits the patient’s needs– a private home, hospital, hospice facility or other care facility. Hospice care provides a type of palliative care. This means the care centers on treating pain and symptoms of disease rather than trying to cure disease. 

Our Hospice care team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains home health aides, and grief counselors all working together to help your family and loved one through end-of-life care. We strive to help you and your loved one use the months, weeks or days that remain to enjoy the highest quality of life and comfort that is possible during this time. We are dedicated to meeting your emotional, physical and spiritual needs and making sure you have as peaceful and meaningful experience as possible.

Our Hospice Services

Hospice services available from your IU Health Hospice team focus on keeping your loved one free of pain and symptoms of their illness. These services include:

Bereavement support

Our bereavement counselors are skilled in supporting families as they work through their grief. During your loved one’s illness, grief counselors are available from the beginning stages of mourning until you feel you no longer need bereavement services.

Patients sometimes need grief counseling to let go of particular concerns as they go through the end-of-life process. We provide this care as part of our full support for you and your family.

Complementary and alternative medicine services

These services can help to improve your loved one’s quality of life. Therapies that involve massage, music and art can enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. 

Home Health Aides

Our hospice aides perform personal care tasks for your loved one including bathing, shaving, nail care and other personal hygiene tasks. 

Nursing Care

Our hospice nurse is your main source for information about you or your loved one’s changing condition and is also is the link between you and the doctor. The hospice nurses make home and hospital visits to assess symptoms and medicines and collaborate with your physician on any needed changes. 

Physician services

The hospice team in collaboration with you or your loved ones physician develops a plan for hospice care. The physician manages medicines, adjusting doses and adding or removing medicines as needed to maintain you or your family member’s physical comfort and well-being. 

Social Workers

IU Health Hospice Social Workers are an important resource for you or your loved ones hospice care. Our social workers coordinate hospice services and help your family manage many of the details. When you need help with end-of-life planning, emotional support, grief support for children, access to funding sources or anything else, talk to your social worker. 

Spiritual Care

IU Health Hospice Chaplains are available to offer comfort and speak with you and your loved one about spiritual fears and questions. Chaplains perform prayer services and rituals for various faiths and cultures. 

Volunteers

IU Health Hospice Volunteers are trained professionals who provide services to the patient and their loved ones. Volunteers specialize in services such as companionship, short respite relief, shopping and errands, spiritual support, and many other services. Contact the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for more information at 317-962-0800. The We Honor Veterans Program is a special recognition program for our veteran patients to honor their service to our country. 

Hospice Levels of Care

Routine Hospice Care is provided in the comfort of the patient’s home.  The hospice team comes to the patient’s home for scheduled visits as frequently as the patient’s and family’s needs require. 

Inpatient Respite care provides temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver that can be provided in a hospital, hospice facility, or a long term care facility for a maximum of 5 consecutive days.

General Inpatient Care is provided if the patient’s symptoms cannot be managed at home. IU Health Hospice can arrange for admission to an IU Health hospital where patients are cared for until the symptoms are controlled and they can return home. 

Continuous Home Care is provided for symptom crisis between 8 to 24 hours a day to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms when the patient prefers to stay at home.

Our Approach to Hospice Care

We understand that everyone’s situation is different, so we offer Hospice care in the environment that best suits the patient’s needs– a private home, hospital, hospice facility or other care facility. Hospice care provides a type of palliative care. This means the care centers on treating pain and symptoms of disease rather than trying to cure disease. 

Our Hospice care team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains home health aides, and grief counselors all working together to help your family and loved one through end-of-life care. We strive to help you and your loved one use the months, weeks or days that remain to enjoy the highest quality of life and comfort that is possible during this time. We are dedicated to meeting your emotional, physical and spiritual needs and making sure you have as peaceful and meaningful experience as possible.

Our Hospice Services

Hospice services available from your IU Health Hospice team focus on keeping your loved one free of pain and symptoms of their illness. These services include:

Bereavement support

Our bereavement counselors are skilled in supporting families as they work through their grief. During your loved one’s illness, grief counselors are available from the beginning stages of mourning until you feel you no longer need bereavement services.

Patients sometimes need grief counseling to let go of particular concerns as they go through the end-of-life process. We provide this care as part of our full support for you and your family.

Complementary and alternative medicine services

These services can help to improve your loved one’s quality of life. Therapies that involve massage, music and art can enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. 

Home Health Aides

Our hospice aides perform personal care tasks for your loved one including bathing, shaving, nail care and other personal hygiene tasks. 

Nursing Care

Our hospice nurse is your main source for information about you or your loved one’s changing condition and is also is the link between you and the doctor. The hospice nurses make home and hospital visits to assess symptoms and medicines and collaborate with your physician on any needed changes. 

Physician services

The hospice team in collaboration with you or your loved ones physician develops a plan for hospice care. The physician manages medicines, adjusting doses and adding or removing medicines as needed to maintain you or your family member’s physical comfort and well-being. 

Social Workers

IU Health Hospice Social Workers are an important resource for you or your loved ones hospice care. Our social workers coordinate hospice services and help your family manage many of the details. When you need help with end-of-life planning, emotional support, grief support for children, access to funding sources or anything else, talk to your social worker. 

Spiritual Care

IU Health Hospice Chaplains are available to offer comfort and speak with you and your loved one about spiritual fears and questions. Chaplains perform prayer services and rituals for various faiths and cultures. 

Volunteers

IU Health Hospice Volunteers are trained professionals who provide services to the patient and their loved ones. Volunteers specialize in services such as companionship, short respite relief, shopping and errands, spiritual support, and many other services. Contact the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for more information at 317-962-0800. The We Honor Veterans Program is a special recognition program for our veteran patients to honor their service to our country. 

Hospice Levels of Care

Routine Hospice Care is provided in the comfort of the patient’s home.  The hospice team comes to the patient’s home for scheduled visits as frequently as the patient’s and family’s needs require. 

Inpatient Respite care provides temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver that can be provided in a hospital, hospice facility, or a long term care facility for a maximum of 5 consecutive days.

General Inpatient Care is provided if the patient’s symptoms cannot be managed at home. IU Health Hospice can arrange for admission to an IU Health hospital where patients are cared for until the symptoms are controlled and they can return home. 

Continuous Home Care is provided for symptom crisis between 8 to 24 hours a day to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms when the patient prefers to stay at home.

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