Hospice & Palliative Care Services
“You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
-Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the first modern hospice
Hospice care focuses on quality of life for patients who are experiencing advanced, life-limiting illness. The hospice philosophy accepts death as the final stage of life; it affirms life, but it does not try to hasten or postpone death.
Hospice is not a place, and it is not a nursing home. Hospice is a service that brings emotional, physical, spiritual and social support to wherever our patients call home. Admission to Serenity Hospice Care means that the team will assess patient and family needs and develop a patient-centered plan of care. In addition to team visits, home hospice services include medical supplies, equipment, and medications related to the illness and symptom management. Serenity Hospice Care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to admit patients, provide care and answer questions.
Home hospice care services allow patients to receive care and support in the comfort of the place that they call home.
If you’re not sure what you or your loved one needs, that’s alright. Give us a call and we can help.
If you are looking for a high-quality, Medicare Certified and CHAP Accredited Wichita Hospice Program, you have come to the right place. From the early stages of the hospice admission to the final steps of a patient’s end-of-life journey, the skilled and compassionate registered nurse impacts the life of the patient. A vital part of Serenity Hospice Care services, the nurse case manager collaborates with the patient, family, caregiver, physician and hospice team to develop the patient plan of care. With a calm and attentive presence, expert administration of care improves the quality of life and comfort of every patient, ensuring that the care plan is in direct accord with the patient’s end-of-life wishes.
Serenity Hospice Care is proud to serve many counties in central & southeast Kansas, including the cities of Wichita, Hutchinson and other surrounding cities.
Palliative care services are a resource for people living with life-limiting illness. In addition to improving the quality of life and helping with symptoms, palliative care can be provided along with curative treatment when a patient undergoes treatment for a serious illness.
Over time, if the attending physician believes that ongoing treatment is no longer helpful, the patient may wish to transition to hospice care. Palliative care services are one of the hospice services we offer. It is included in hospice care services because it helps to address the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, treating the whole patient.
Gain peace of mind knowing that your loved one or patient will always have access to reliable hospice and palliative care services. The truth is that emergencies don’t follow regular business hours. With our after-hours triage, you can get in touch with our care providers after-hours, on weekends, and even during holidays. A friendly Serenity Hospice Care staff member will be available to answer questions via phone and arrange for home visits 24/7.
Home Hospice Aide/Homemaker
The hospice home health aide understands about the patient’s personal care needs and can assist with bathing and transfers from bed to a chair or toilet. Additionally, the home hospice aide services may include light housekeeping, cooking and companionship.
The reality of facing a life-limiting illness is a very difficult challenge for patient and family. A sense of despair, anxiety, sadness or depression may make it difficult to cope with each new day. Serenity Hospice Care recognizes that at any particular time, the patient and family may need additional supportive hospice services. With this in mind, social workers and bereavement services are available to help with anticipatory grief and grief after the death.
Sometimes, during troubling times, hospice patients and family members seek to deepen spiritual connections.
Some hospice families feel as if they are on an emotional roller coaster, needing additional hospice care support services. Voicing honest fear, regret, anger and doubt to a hospice chaplain may relieve some stress and help calm the mind.
Whatever the spiritual need, Serenity Hospice Care chaplains are available to visit the patient or family in their home, offering prayer, readings, and other spiritual support services. They are also available to provide memorial and other sacramental services.
Hospice Medical Director
Board certified in family medicine, the hospice medical director works closely with your physician to provide oversight of patient care and support to the hospice team. The hospice medical director attends team conferences to discuss the plan of care, assists in establishing goals, and participates in decisions regarding patient care.
Pain is very personal; it’s not something that others can see, feel or touch. Recognizing that pain can be spiritual, social, emotional or physical, the hospice team uses many different approaches for treatment and management.
The hospice pharmacist plays an important role in the delivery of safe and effective medication therapy for the hospice patient. Mike Dandurand is a board-certified, geriatric pharmacist in Wichita, KS, serving as consulting pharmacist for Serenity Hospice Care. Meeting with the hospice team every week, he provides critical medication management to every Serenity Hospice Care patient in Southeast Kansas.
A serious illness in the family often makes it difficult to attend to every necessary household and patient care task. “If only I had another pair of hands” or “I can’t be in two places at once” may be what the patient’s caregiver is thinking and feeling. Volunteers are part of the provided hospice care services and available to patients and their families to fill the gap.
Volunteers are carefully screened, interviewed and trained in their tasks. They have chosen to volunteer because they are caring and compassionate individuals who wish to make a difference in the lives of Serenity Hospice Care patients and their families – sitting at bedside, providing conversation, writing letters, providing respite support for the caregiver and sacred vigil support in the patient’s last hours.
Serenity Hospice Care welcomes interested persons in Wichita, KS, and surrounding areas, to consider the gift of being a hospice volunteer.
Additional Levels of Care
- General inpatient care: Hospice care provided in a hospital setting when symptoms can no longer be managed at home.
- Respite care: Care provided in a facility for five consecutive days or less so that the family or caregiver can have a break.
- Continuous care: Intense care provided in the home for short periods of time by hospice team members when symptoms are not managed.
We approach hospice care as a community of professionals and volunteers wholly committed to changing the lives of hospice patients for the better. Our home hospice services have benefited hundreds of patients and families in Wichita, and we intend to continue providing excellent care and support services in the city.
Take advantage of our hospice and palliative care services. Get in touch with Serenity Hospice Care today.
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The word "hospice" was once used to describe a place of refuge for people on a difficult journey. Our excellent care and deep compassion for patients and families offer a place of comfort on the end-of-life journey. Recognizing that in hospice care, the main guardians are the family caregiver and the hospice team, care is most often provided in the home setting rather than in hospitals and hospice care facilities. The Serenity Hospice Care team will support the patient and family wherever they are.
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