The DMH Hospice Philosophy is to provide care and support for people in the final phase of a terminal illness to enable them to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
- To provide compassionate care of the highest quality to enhance the lives of dying people in our community;
- To promote the long term emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of their survivors;
- To be good stewards of our resources;
- To be a resource to the community in the care of people affected by end-of-life issues.
From its earliest beginnings, the hospice concept has recognized and responded to the whole person-body and spirit. Dedicated DMH professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide compassionate care to patients and their families.
DMH hospice patients--
- Have a limited life expectancy and are aware of their illness and prognosis;
- Are under the care of a physician;
- Are seeking comfort in care rather than cure and have a willing and capable care giver available.
Where Care is Provided
DMH Hospice care is based in the patient's home where familiar surrounding and the closeness of family and friends provide an added measure of comfort and normalcy. A registered nurse is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hospice care is also provided in several nursing home facilities in Decatur and the surrounding areas. Should a symptom become unmanageable, short-term hospitalization can be provided at DMH.
In addition to hospice care in the home, DMH Hospice offers the Inpatient End of Life Care Program at the hospital. Hospitalized patients exhibiting signs of imminent death can be admitted directly into the Hospice Inpatient Program. Patients may remain in the hospital where they have been receiving care. A private room will be arranged and there can be unlimited visiting from family members, including children. Snacks, drinks, and meals will be provided to family members for their comfort.
DMH Hospice continues to support the family 13 months after the patient's death through one on one visits from the Bereavement Counselor, telephone calls and grief materials in the mail. Our grief education series, Growing Through Grief, is free and open to the public. After completion, family members may attend our monthly support group RENEWAL, which offers continued help coping with the stresses of grief. Helping Hands is a special program for bereaved children, ages 5-15.
DMH Hospice conducts a memorial service twice a year, in the spring and fall, to honor those we have cared for in recent months. Family, friends and clergy are invited to this Service of Rememberance, held at the hospital.
The Hospice Medicare Benefit provides additional support beyond traditional Medicare. DMH Hospice also works with Medicaid and many private insurance companies to arrange reimbursement for services.
DMH Hospice accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay. Contributions and memorials are gratefully accepted.
Frequently Asked Questions