Hospice & Palliative Care
We offer two different approaches to end of life and comfort care.
It’s not easy to discuss serious illness or end of life with your loved one, but it’s one of the most important conversations you will have. It may be emotional but you'll come to understand his or her wishes and learn how to find the right kind of care.
Palliative care focuses on providing comfort measures while controlling the pain and symptoms of serious illness. Saint Therese's person-centered approach ensures we plan care that meets each individual's physical and emotional needs. Even our environment — colors, sounds and smells —is designed to gently soothe and comfort. Palliative care does not depend on life expectancy and may be pursued at the same time as curative efforts.
Hospice care has many similarities to palliative care. The philosophy of hospice shifts from medical treatment and, instead, focuses on relieving pain and providing comfort measures. Hospice is a Medicare benefit that provides care for terminally ill residents who have only months to live, as diagnosed by a physician. Hospice care at Saint Therese is provided by a third-party of your choice at one of our communities. We oversee the day-to-day care and work closely with the hospice partner to coordinate care.
Both palliative and hospice care at Saint Therese offer:
- Comfort-focused care.
- Commitment to quality of life.
- Assistance with activities of daily living.
- Spiritual care and emotional support to help residents and families address their fears and worries so that life remains meaningful and purposeful.
Once the caregiving role is shifted to Saint Therese, you are free to simply enjoy your relationship with your loved one. You'll have peace of mind knowing he or she is comfortable in a community founded on love and compassion.
“We are here to allow families to just be. We ask them to let us take care of their loved one and make them comfortable so they can cherish the moments that are remaining.”
- Nolay F., Nurse Manager at Saint Therese at St. Odilia