The term "hospice" can be traced back to early Western Civilization when it was used to describe a place of shelter and rest for weary or sick travelers on long journeys.
With time and the advance of medicine, birth and death were transplanted to a new and often strange and intimidating environment: the modern hospital, where family members were merely guests and control of the patient's care rested with unknown health professionals.
While acknowledging the many benefits of modern medicine, a group of clergy, healthcare workers and other thoughtful people began wondering in the 1970s whether these advances, of depriving the natural dying process of the patient and family, hadn't also robbed it of dignity. Out of these concerns, hospice care was born and the natural process of dying was returned to the home.
Bringing death out into the open and making sickness and loss a time of sharing and remembrance is difficult. And while the hospice experience may not be for everyone, those who choose hospice find the specialness of caring for a loved one and the richness of sharing memories of youth, trials and joys a rewarding experience never to be forgotten.
Hospice of the Plains
Hospice of the Plains, established in Wray, CO was licensed by the State October 2, 1996 and Medicare certified November 8, 1996. In 2000 after the closing of the hospice in Sterling, CO, a satellite Sterling Hospice of the Plains office was established and licensed October 2, 2000. Presently Hospice of the Plains serves Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties plus the eastern border of Weld and northern border of Kit Carson Counties.
Hospice staff is eager to answer questions or provide presentations to any club or organization regarding any hospice related topic.
What is Hospice?
Hospice provides palliative (comfort) care to individuals whose illness is not curable. Palliative care focuses on making the person as comfortable as possible by managing the symptoms of the disease. The goal is to maximize the person's quality of life.
Hospice provides supportive services (physical, social, spiritual and emotional) to patients, their families and significant others through a team approach. Members of the hospice team make periodic home visits. On call support is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for phone consultations or emergency visits. Services can be provided in the home, nursing home/long term care or assisted living facility. When symptoms cannot be controlled elsewhere, services may be provided within a hospital.
For Services to be provided in the home:
The individual must be able to care for him/herself on a 24 hour basis or there must be a family member or friend available to provide 24 hour care.
While family and friends deliver most of the care, hospice provides volunteers to assist with errands and to provide brief time away for care givers.
For patients without a care giver, Hospice makes every possible effort to develop a care plan that includes friends, neighbors or someone to assume the care giver role on a regular basis.
When home care is no longer possible:
Hospice will assist in transferring the patient to an assisted living or long term care facility.
The facility's staff becomes the 24 hour care givers and Hospice services continue in coordination with the facility's care and services.