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Hospice of Mercy Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about hospice care.

How can Hospice of Mercy help?

Hospice of Mercy serves patients and their loved ones, consulting with them and the patient's physician to prepare a personal, comprehensive plan of care. Our interdisciplinary team works together to ensure physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, including pain and symptom management. Your Hospice of Mercy team includes:

  • The patient, family & loved ones
  • Patient's personal physician
  • Hospice medical director
  • Hospice nurses
  • Social workers
  • Home-care aides
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Specially trained volunteers
  • Massage and music therapists
  • Dietitian
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

Hospice of Mercy arranges for medical equipment for the patient. Medications relating to the patient's terminal diagnosis also are provided by Hospice of Mercy.

How do I arrange hospice care?

Call Hospice of Mercy at (319) 398-6496 to talk with our nurse. We will meet with you and your family to discuss how we can help. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Where is hospice care provided?

Most hospice patients want to receive care at home, and most do. Hospice of Mercy also cares for patients in other settings as needed, including assisted-living or nursing facilities. Hospice nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for visits or consultation by phone, as needed. The Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy offers inpatient care, shelter and compassion in a warm, home-like atmosphere. Our on-site interdisciplinary team provides skilled care and support for patients, surrounded by family and friends.

What does Hospice of Mercy cost?

Hospice of Mercy makes its services available regardless of ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurances cover some or all hospice care. We will help you and your family understand coverage. The generous support that Hospice of Mercy receives from the community enables us to provide quality care to all who need it.

Does hospice help families after their loved one dies?

Yes. Grief after a loved one dies is normal, but it can be overwhelming. Our grief and bereavement services are designed to help adults and children cope with their loss. Services include personal contacts, educational programs, a monthly newsletter and support groups. Hospice of Mercy stays in touch with families for more than a year after the death of a loved one.

Hospice House

If the goal of hospice is to allow people to remain in their homes, why do we need a hospice house?

The goal of hospice is to allow people to spend their final days comfortably in their own homes. But not all patients have caregivers who are able or available to care for them at home. Some have pain or symptoms that can't be managed effectively at home, and some do not wish to die at home. In other cases family members caring for hospice patients may need a time of respite to care for themselves and/or handle other responsibilities.

Along with these challenges, the demand for hospice services continues to increase, with the Hospice of Mercy patient census doubling in the past year alone. All of these factors have underscored the need for the kind of care that can be provided in a hospice house setting.

Who may use the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy?

The hospice house is open to all hospice patients from any area hospice program with any type of life-limiting diagnosis.

How is care paid for?

Medicare, Medicaid and most health insurances cover some or all hospice care provided. Generous community support, memorials and contributions will be utilized so that no hospice patient will be turned away due to inability to pay. The Hospice team will assist patients and families with individual circumstances.

How long will patients stay there?

Based on the experience of other hospice houses, the average length of stay for hospice house patients will be about 17 days. Respite care patients will stay at the hospice house for five days.

What services are offered at the Hospice House?

The Hospice House is staffed 24 hours a day by an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, dietitians, pharmacists, physical therapists, bereavement counselors, massage and music therapists, and trained volunteers. Each patient room affords hospital-standard access to medical equipment and supplies in a homelike environment.

Will family members be able to stay at the house with a patient?

Each patient room includes a couch that can be converted into a bed to accommodate an overnight guest, as well as a private bathroom and access to an outdoor patio.

Are there other hospice houses in the area?

The Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy is currently the only hospice house in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area.

For more information about Hospice of Mercy, please call (319) 398-6496.