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Hospice: Not Just for Patients Anymore

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Our program is growing. We continue to work with healthcare providers to assist them and help them refer patients sooner so that they can benefit from the holistic care and full range of service offered by hospice and palliative care.

JB: Is hospice recognized by doctors and insurance companies as a viable option, Kelly?

Kelly Fischer: We do see greater understanding and utilization by healthcare professionals, as they have come to trust quality providers like us to assist them in supporting the needs of their patients.

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies now cover hospice care.

JB: Good. Do most people who use hospice at home or in a facility?

KF: According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Hospice Facts and Figures, the majority of patient care is provided in the place the patient calls "home." In addition to private residences, this includes nursing homes and residential facilities. In 2013, two thirds of patients received care at home. We are pleased to be able to offer patients care wherever they desire, and if or when more intensive care is needed we have facilities throughout our service are that patients can utilize for care or symptom management.

JB: It was wonderful to talk with you, ladies. My mother had the benefit of your services and it's nice to learn that there are many other offerings as well. Having the opportunity to have Tony Pederson play his harp at her bedside, and having Heather come over late that night, just minutes after my mother died, gave my family a good taste of how much hospice can enhance a sad but inevitable and natural part of the life cycle. Thanks so much for what you do.


my interview with Heather's colleague, Tony Pederson: Hospice Harpist Treats Patients With Music 7.16.15

The Music-Thanatology Association International professional association website.

From Elisabeth Mistretta, Senior Brand Communications Specialist: " Because Midwest CareCenter has merged with JourneyCare and Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care as of June 1, we are now one organization. Our new name is slated to be announced in October, and we now serve 1,200 patients daily across 10 Illinois counties."

Midwest CareCenter's main website

Their website's page on Music Care Services

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