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Hospice care is designed to ensure that each person's final days are lived with joy and meaning, as free from pain and other symptoms as possible. Hospice focuses on physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, promoting the independence and dignity of patients and families while providing expert medical treatment and support.
The goal of hospice is to enable patients to die in serenity in their own homes. Hospice also cares for patients in the hospital or in assisted living or nursing facilities.
Through Hospice of Mercy and the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center strives to fulfill the ongoing mission of the Sisters of Mercy: to ensure that every person - regardless of background or circumstance - will be cared for with kindness and dignity.
Hospice is an affirmation of life ... and a commitment to surround patients and families with care and compassion as they travel their final journey together.
Hospice of Mercy works with each patient and his or her physician to prepare a personal, comprehensive plan of care, involving as many caregivers as are needed or desired.
"So often in health care, patients aren't able to make their own decisions, but in hospice, the patients and families are able to direct everything, allowing them to live their last days in the manner they choose." - Colleen Mohr, Hospice of Mercy nurse practitioner.
Hospice also arranges for and oversees the use of medical equipment or medications required to ensure the patient's comfort and well-being.