Hospice care is available for people of all ages who are dealing with a life-limiting illness and for whom a cure is no longer possible. The primary goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of life for patients. Hospice care can be provided in any setting, including your own home. Our hospice care team, which includes providers, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers, is committed to supporting you throughout your journey.
Hospice care is for any age of someone dealing with a life-limited illness. When the focus of care shifts from cure to comfort, hospice extends medical care, comfort, and emotional support. Hospice care does not focus on the incurability of the disease process, but on the dignity of the individual. Hospice care helps the patient and family cope with the dying process to enhance the full potential for growth at the end of life. Physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care are available from our medically directed team.
Give us a call to discuss hospice services.
We will help you determine if you or your loved one qualify for hospice care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Hospice of the Prairie located?
Hospice care is a service, not a location. Our team comes to your location to provide care. Hospice of the Prairie and Prairie Home Health is located at 200 Fourth Circle in Dodge City, Ks.
What locations do you provide hospice care?
We provide hospice care to Kansas residents within approximately 60 miles (or 1 hour drive) of Dodge City. This may include residents of Clark, Commanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Gray, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, and Seward counties.
How do I refer a friend or a loved one to hospice?
Requests for hospice come from family members, physicians, nurses, and clergy. After verifying with the patient’s primary care physician that the patient is appropriate for services, an appointment is set up with the patient and family. During this referral visit, which may take place in the hospital, nursing home, the client’s home, or at our office, the nurse or social worker will discuss the services offered by Hospice of the Prairie and eligibility for admission. Intermittent nursing visits, social work visits, bath aide, pastoral care, volunteer visits, and bereavement follow-up are available to all Hospice of the Prairie clients, regardless of their insurance coverage.
How will my caregiver know how to care for me?
With the assistance of the care team, we teach caregivers how to care for you. We are always there to support your caregiver and make sure they feel confident in the care they are providing.
Can medical treatments continue once a patient elects hospice care?
Medical treatments for the patient continues. The focus of care is comfort rather than curative. Discussing patient and family goals related to treatment is helpful to determine treatment options. The goal of hospice care is to enhance the quality of life through physical, emotional, and spiritual support.
Who pays for hospice?
Most public and private insurance companies cover hospice and home health costs. These included Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Benefits and requirements may vary. Hospice of the Prairie provides hospice care to persons who meet the admission criteria regardless of their ability to pay.
What if I want to leave hospice care?
A patient can withdraw from hospice services at any time. If the patient’s condition improves or they decide to seek curative treatment, they can leave hospice care. The patient can return at a later time if they choose to.