Hospice

Calumet County Wisconsin, Home Health Care and Hospice, Local people caring for local people

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a program that offers a special way of caring for people with a life-limiting illness and their families. Under Hospice, patient care needs are shifted from curative to comfort--focusing on the quality of life. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death--hospice affirms life and recognizes dying as a normal process. Through our compassionate hospice care team, we strive to meet all of our patient's needs--physical, emotional, social and spiritual--as well as the needs of the patient's family and loved ones.

  1. Hospice Process
  2. Where We Provide Services
  3. Eligibility & payment
  4. Why Calumet?
  5. Grief Support

Admission Visit

Once our agency receives the hospice referral and the physician orders to admit to hospice we contact you to set up the admission visit. We will try to involve the family members in the initial admission visit so that we can explain to the patient and their family about our hospice program. We visit you where you reside and we discuss our program with you. We ask you to sign admission forms including an election to hospice form. Our RN also completes a physical assessment of the hospice patient. We work with you to begin setting up a care plan for your hospice care. Within five days of your admission to hospice, the hospice patient will also receive an assessment visit from our chaplain and our social worker (if the patient agrees with these visits).

Ongoing Visits and Care

Pain and symptom management 
Calumet County Hospice helps patients achieve physical and emotional comfort so that they can concentrate on living as normally and meaningful as possible. Our hospice care nurses use the latest and most effective medications and equipment to treat pain and relieve symptoms. 

Skilled nursing assessment 
Our Registered Nurses make regular visits to the patient to assess patient care needs and symptom control. The frequency of visits is based on patient needs and can change based on the course of the patient's illness.

Assistance with activities of daily living 
Hospice Aides provide personal care visits based on the plan of care set up between the patient, the patient's family, and the hospice team. 

Emotional and spiritual support 
Visits and support are offered to patients from our hospice social worker and chaplain based on patient needs and requests.

Hospice Team

Medical Director 
Our Hospice Medical Director assists the hospice care team to develop an effective plan of care to meet patient needs, provides consultation to hospice staff and physicians regarding hospice care, and certifies terminal prognosis. Our Hospice Medical Director will also make face to face visits at a patient's home when needed.

Attending Physician 
The patient's attending physician provides the initial certification for hospice for the patient. The physician also prescribes treatment and medical orders for the hospice patient.

Patient and Family 
Our hospice patients and their family members are an integral part of our hospice team. Often a family member or friend of the hospice patient serves as a patient's primary caregiver.

Hospice Coordinator 
The Hospice Coordinator serves as the hospice program manager.  

Registered Nurse 
Our hospice nurses have specialized training in pain and symptom management. The Registered Nurse assesses and addresses patient and family needs to coordinate the plan of care with other team members and provides patient care teaching. Our RNs are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hospice Aide 
The hospice aide provides personal care assistance which may include bathing, dressing, eating, and grooming.

Hospice Social Worker 
Our hospice Social Worker will assist you and your family with emotional and financial needs. The social worker will help you and your family find and access community resources as needed and assist you with the end of life planning.

Spiritual Counselor/Chaplain
Hospice chaplains counsel patients and their families with regard to spiritual concerns. Many patients who take advantage of the spiritual services provided through hospice find that the chaplain helps them gain a better perspective, alleviating some of their depression and stress. Hospice chaplains don't take the place of the patient's minister or pastor of their church. The patient can choose to seek guidance from their own spiritual counselor, the hospice chaplain, or both. The chaplain will work alongside any church leader to ensure the patient receives all the support they need.

Volunteers 
Hospice volunteers are trained individuals that can provide companionship and support for a hospice patient and their family. The volunteers can assist with such activities as playing cards, creating scrapbooks or recordings of your memories, running errands, or reading with the patient.

Discharge from Hospice

If a patient's condition improves and their disease goes into remission, the patient can be discharged from the hospice program. Also, there may be situations where a patient chooses to discontinue hospice services to begin active treatment. Our hospice team will work with the patient and their family members to transition off of the hospice program.

If a patient is discharged from the hospice program this does not mean that the patient cannot be admitted to the hospice program in the future. Hospice services can be resumed in the future as long as the patient meets the admission criteria.

Grief Support/Bereavement Follow-up

Individual follow up after patient death

As a part of our bereavement process, one of our hospice team members will make individual contacts with the hospice patient's family members for up to 13 months after the patient dies to provide bereavement support.  

Hospice Memorial Ceremony 
Our hospice program offers a Hospice Memorial Ceremony annually in September for all hospice patient family and friends. The patient's main family contacts will receive an invitation to this ceremony.

Grief support groups
Grief support groups are available throughout the community. To access the schedule, visit the Weiting Family Funeral Home website.