About Home Health:
What is home health?
Home Health is skilled health care services offered in the comfort of your home. Our home health care professionals work with your physician to develop an individualized care program to best meet your health care needs. We strive to restore and maintain your health and assist you in becoming independent again.
Who is eligible for home health?Our services are available to all qualified patients in Dickinson County and within a radius of 20 miles from either Abilene or Herington offices if outside Dickinson County.
Examples of skilled home health services include:
- Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Patient and caregiver education
- Intravenous or nutrition therapy
- Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
Examples of home health aide service include help with:
- Getting in and out of bed
- Using the bathroom
- Light housekeeping
- Cooking for the patient
How do I make a referral? Referrals may be made by a physician, social worker, neighbor, relative, minister, the individual, or other community service agencies. A free home care assessment can be completed by request.
What are the benefits of home health services?
- Helps give independence.
- Personalized care is tailored to the needs of the individual.
- Care delivered involves the individual and the family.
- Home health improves quality of life.
What payment(s) do you accept for home health services?
- Private Insurance
- Area Agency Programs
- Private Pay
- HCBS (Home and Community-Based Services) Provider
If you have additional questions, call Home Health and Hospice’s Abilene office at (785) 263-6630 or Herington office at (785) 258-3611.
What is hospice?
Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort, compassion and support to patients and their loved ones when faced with a terminal illness. Hospice is a philosophy of care focusing on comfort, not a cure.Hospice care neither prolongs life, nor hastens death. The hospice philosophy involves caring for the whole patient—not just the illness. This means attending to:
- The patient’s physical needs, which may include:
- Pain relief
- Easing of symptoms of the patient’s illness
- Care for other conditions that cause discomfort.
- The patient’s emotional and spiritual well-being
- We consider these just as important as the patient’s physical comfort.
- The patient’s changing treatment needs
- As the patient’s condition changes, he or she may choose to place more of a focus on palliative care (relieving, but not curing). The patient may also decide to change or scale back medical treatments aimed at a cure.
- The needs of the patient’s family by:
- Providing respite care so family members may do grocery shopping, go to appointments, and complete other errands
- Providing grief support
Our hospice staff and volunteers offer specialized knowledge of medical care, pain management and emotional support.Our goal is to improve the quality of our patients’ last days by offering comfort and dignity.
Who can receive hospice care?
A person is eligible for hospice care when the physician and patient have concluded that curative treatment is no longer of benefit and the physician estimates that the patient has a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its expected course. Hospice care is available to all persons who meet admission criteria in Dickinson County or within a radius of 20 miles from either Abilene or Herington offices if outside Dickinson County.
How do I make a referral?
Referrals may be made by a physician, social worker, neighbor, relative, minister, the individual, or other community service agencies. A free hospice assessment can be completed by request.
Where is hospice care provided?
Hospice care is provided where the patient lives, which can mean the patient’s home, a friend or family member’s home, assisted living, or nursing home.
How much does hospice cost?
Professional services are reimbursed whenever possible through Medicare, Medicaid, or private health insurance.Hospice also relies on memorial gifts, bequests and donations to continue providing quality services and to assist in caring for those who have no resources.Care provided by Hospice of Dickinson County is always based on need, not on ability to pay.If you have additional questions, call Home Health and Hospice’s Abilene office at (785) 263-6630 or Herington office at (785) 258-3611.
Home Health originated as a department of Memorial Hospital in 1982. Around the same time, concerned individuals in Dickinson County took action to make hospice care a reality in local communities.In January 1982, Abilene Area Hospice, Inc., was born with Dr. Dean Chaffee as president and Helen Ewert as secretary/treasurer. This hospice program in Dickinson County was an all volunteer organization funded solely by donations. By May 1982, there were 36 members of Abilene Area Hospice, Inc. By January 1983, just one year after the inception of the organization, the membership had increased to 114, and the contributions to fund the program totaled $8,642. At about the same time, Federal legislation creating the Medicare hospice benefit was passed. It was important for Abilene Area Hospice, Inc., to become Medicare certified so the agency could receive reimbursement for the services it provided and stay viable. At the agency’s request, Memorial Hospital took Abilene Area Hospice, Inc., under its auspices in 1994 giving it the ability to become Medicare certified. The new agency became known as Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County.