Volunteers play a significant and essential role in hospice care. They help provide patients and their families with compassion, care and assistance at a time when loving support is vitally important.

To learn more about volunteering opportunities, please call us at (712) 246-7317.

Comprehensive Hospice Services

At Shenandoah Medical Center, hospice care focuses on physical pain, emotional strain and symptom control. We rely upon medical expertise and an individualized care plan to manage pain and address the range of debilitating symptoms which, when left untreated, may diminish a patient's strength and human dignity. We also believe that hospice care must encompass the needs of the family and friends who serve as a loving and important support system. Fear of the unknown can be overwhelming and unrelenting for all involved with terminal care. Through education programs and preparation efforts focused on what to expect, our hospice team helps alleviate fear. The ultimate goal is to promote a more calm and peaceful environment, allowing family and friends to spend quality time together.
Our hospice services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. A Registered Nurse and certified social worker are available around the clock to provide hospice assistance. Other members of our team include: physicians, chaplains, a dietitian, pharmacists, home care aides and volunteers. Under the direction of our licensed medical staff, your hospice team provides information and education resources to help your loved ones participate in the care process. We empower you to make informed healthcare decisions and respect the choices made by you and your family.

The Shenandoah Medical Center hospice team is specially trained in dealing with end-of-life issues and offers a full array of services, delivered on an intermittent basis and centered on your individual needs. Core service offerings include:

  • Home health assistance and in-home medical equipment
  • Nursing and physician services
  • Medication for patient treatment, care and comfort
  • Pharmaceutical counseling
  • Education resources and professional care instruction
  • Dietitian consultation and dietary/nutrition assistance
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Medical social worker support
  • Continuous home care for brief periods of crisis
  • Short-term inpatient care
  • Light housekeeping and personal hygiene assistance for patients
  • Companionship and support from trained hospice volunteers (upon request)
  • Counseling services to patients and caregivers for coping and managing emotional distress
  • Spiritual guidance with hospice chaplains (upon request)
  • Bereavement counseling for caregivers and loved ones
  • Respite care

Hospice care through the Shenandoah Medical Center is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance or other third-party payers. This includes medications, medical equipment and supplies to make the patient more comfortable.

Hospice Patient Criteria

To qualify for hospice services from the caring and compassionate team at the Shenandoah Medical Center, all patients need to meet the following participation requirements:

  • Your primary care physician must certify that your life expectancy due to serious illness or injury is six-months or less;
  • You must elect palliative care (or comfort care) verses curative care (or aggressive treatment to cure the disease);
  • You, or your Durable Medical Power of Attorney, must sign an election for hospice services; and,
  • You must have a primary care giver, such as a family member or friend who is willing to provide care to you. (We will assist the primary care giver in learning how to care for you and meet your needs.)

For additional insights about patient criteria and/or for more information about hospice services at the Shenandoah Medical Center, please contact your physician or our Hospice Administrator at (712) 246-7317.

Additional Resources

Hospice Net
Family Caregiver Alliance

If you or someone you know could benefit from our Hospice care, call your physician or the Shenandoah Medical Center Hospice Administrator at (712) 246-7317.

Hospice Services

Shenandoah Medical Center
300 Park Avenue
Shenandoah, Iowa
Phone: (712) 246-7317