Hospice

Hospice provides care to both patients and families when a family member has been medically diagnosed with a terminal progressive disease. It neither hastens nor postpones death, but affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

Rice Hospice is OAHS’ partner for providing hospice services to the area. Rice Hospice Care Hospice provides care to both patients and families when a family member has been medically diagnosed with a terminal progressive disease. It neither hastens nor postpones death, but affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

Hospice Services include:

  • Comprehensive medical care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Visits by registered nurse(s)
  • Assistance with finances or insurance concerns
  • Delivery and set-up of medical equipment
  • Service of a home health aide
  • “Being There” – to let the patient know he or she is not alone.
  • Support and guidance in talking openly about feelings during this difficult time
  • Hand and foot massages
  • Providing favorite foods or music
  • Sharing of favorite pastimes in discussions or actions
  • Hospice care is available to Hospice patients 24 hours a day. Though Hospice professionals and volunteers are there to help, they encourage the patient to be active and to do as much for himself or herself as possible.
  • A special Bereavement Program is offered. It is available to each family and is followed for approximately one year following the death of their loved one. The purpose of the bereavement program is to help the patient’s family work through their grieving process. Volunteers, support groups, supportive mailings and memorial services are offered through the bereavement program.

Lois Banken is the coordinator for Hospice Services for Ortonville. Lois can be reached at 320-839-4124. For further information on the Hospice Services, please visit the Rice Hospice website

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