Hospice of Southwest Iowa (HSI) has provided care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families since 2007. HSI is now solely governed by Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and operates as VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa. No stranger to each other, the two organizations have partnered since HSI’s inception, and this new arrangement brings HSI fully into the VNA family, where there is synergy with clinical care and best practices.
Founded in 2007, VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa is a 501c3 hospice provider. VNA HSI proudly serves four counties in Southwest Iowa, including Fremont, Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie. Dr. Todd Sauer is the medical director for both VNA and VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa.
All HSI Medical Directors are Hospice & Palliative Care Certified. Two nurses are also certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, providing an increased level of expertise in assisting families with end of life issues. VNA HSI is the only hospice provider in Pottawattamie County offering Pediatric Hospice Services.
Through a team approach, every individual on VNA HSI service can expect to receive:
Optimal Pain and Symptom Management: Founded on the belief that every person has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa offers specialized pain control and symptom management by a highly skilled team.
Medical Equipment and Supplies: Each patient can rest assured that VNA HSI will assess your needs, recommend and help make arrangements to obtain necessary equipment. In fact, Medicare and most insurance companies cover these items, related to the hospice diagnosis.
Expert Nursing Care: Expert nursing staff provide care and education to patients and their families. Each nurse is specially trained and is available to meet the individual care needs of each patient. Additionally, hospice aides can assist the patient with personal needs, such as eating, getting out of bed, walking, dressing, bathing, and toileting, on a scheduled basis.
Psycho-Social Care: Social workers and chaplains are professionally trained to address the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Fostering positive family relationships, advocating patient’s rights, and identifying and coordinating community resources are key.
Comprehensive Bereavement Support: Professional counselors are uniquely qualified to provide spiritual care and emotional support. All families are offered bereavement support services for 13 months following the death of a hospice patient. Additionally, family members are provided with meaningful ways to remember their loved one.
Special Services: Each family is offered a memory pillow, hand mold and other items to help nourish appropriate grieving. Children are also provided special memory bags to assist in the grieving process.
Volunteer Services: Volunteers are the heart of hospice. All patients and families may utilize volunteer services which may include caregiver relief, companionship, house sitting, light housekeeping, etc.
No One Dies Alone: When patients nearing the end of life do not have family or friends to be present with them, our specially trained No One Dies Alone ™ volunteers stay with the patient to support him/her during the dying process.
No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa’s Endowment assists to serve patients and their families with financial challenges, so they may focus on their loved one and making the most of the time they have together as a family.
VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa was the first hospice in the state of Iowa to achieve Level four status from the We Honor Veterans partnership with the VA and the Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. VNA HSI serves on both the Iowa and Nebraska Hospice Veteran Partnership organizations. In 2016, VNA HSI became a Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Partner through the VA and Department of Defense. Additional services include private pinning ceremonies for patients, family members and community groups.
In 2015, VNA HSI received a We Honor Veterans Honorable Mention for the 5th year anniversary of the partnership, one of only 16 chosen out of over 4,000 hospice providers. This award highlights our dedication and service to Veterans not only on our hospice service, but also in the Veteran community at large
The VNA HSI mission is to care for the entire family when a patient is on hospice service, and that includes beloved pets.
To fulfill that mission, VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa is delivering Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM), a program that supports the unique bond between hospice patients and their pets.
PPOM provides helping hands and financial assistance so that caring volunteers can help patients with pet care needs. With this loving support, patients are able to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. The program provides volunteer Pet Care services for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services include assistance with pet food, financial assistance with routine veterinary care, transportation to veterinary appointments, pet boarding, walking and more.
Whenever possible, we will work with your pet’s current veterinarian when services are needed as we recognize the importance of consistency of care for your pets. If you do not have a current veterinarian, we have teamed up with Dr. Barbara Lee of Valley View Veterinary Clinic in Council Bluffs to assist us with pet care.
To learn more, please contact us at 712-352-1389.
Who can make a hospice referral? Hospice referrals must be made by a physician, but requests for information may be made by physicians, patients, family members, friends, clergy and other members of the community.
Introductory Visits – VNA Hospice of Southwest Iowa offers introductory visits at no cost. Introductory visits can provide patients and families with an opportunity to discuss the benefits of early hospice intervention and what that care will involve. Our team of experts will meet with the patient and his/her family to offer information and assistance while listening to concerns and helping to alleviate fears and anxiety.
For referrals or more information, contact VNA HSI at 712-352-1389.
What is IPOST? The Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment, (known as IPOST), is a double-sided, one-page document that allows a person to communicate their preferences for key life-sustaining treatments including: resuscitation, general scope of treatment, artificial nutrition and more. IPOST is appropriate for an individual who is frail elderly, or who has a chronic, critical medical condition or terminal illness. In the last stages of illness, health decisions can be complicated and difficult for patients, families, and even the treating healthcare providers. IPOST helps healthcare providers guide and support patients and families during this sensitive time. A completed IPOST creates a clear declaration of the patient’s healthcare treatment choices and assures that the patient’s wishes are fulfilled at the prescribed time. You can view the IPOST documents below.
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