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Hospice Care: Quality of life through comfort, dignity, and understanding.

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Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America

Comfort, dignity, and understanding

When a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments, you can count on Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America to provide compassionate care and dignity to the terminally ill and their families. Our mission is to provide compassionate, end-of-life care, guided by Christian values.

Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on symptom control and pain management as well as providing the emotional, psychological and spiritual support the patient and their families need during the final months of life. The goal is to help patients and their families enjoy the time they have left.

Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America is a partnership between Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America and Ohio-based Senior Independence to provide hospice care in the Newton and Wichita, Kansas, and Farmington, Missouri areas.

Because the nature of dying is unique and personal, comprehensive care programs are tailored to the needs of the individual. Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. The specially trained professionals and volunteers of Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America offer medical, emotional, social and spiritual support, with an emphasis on pain and symptom control.

Our goal is to improve quality of life by preserving comfort and dignity during a person’s last days. Families are supported, too, through bereavement counseling before and after their loved one’s death.

Many people believe hospice is only for the last few days or weeks of life; however, hospice care is designed to improve the quality of life and help the patient and their families make the most of the time that’s left. An early admission to hospice helps the patient and family get the full benefits of hospice services, including emotional support and family services that can ease those final months of life.

  • Hospice is not a place, it is a set of care options. A patient can receive hospice care at home, in a senior living community, in a hospital or in a "hospice house."
  • Hospice is not just for the elderly or just for Medicare patients. Hospice serves patients of all ages, from infants to centenarians.
  • Hospice is not a financial burden. Hospice services are covered by Medicare Part A, Medicaid, and many private insurers. The vast majority of patients and families never receive a bill for hospice services. To find out more about your insurance provider’s rules for hospice coverage, consult with your insurance carrier.

For more general information about hospice care, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website.

Starting the process

We understand that death can be one of the most difficult experiences ever faced, so we approach each end-of-life with professional experience and compassionate care. Our respectful, hands-on approach helps families handle this process. We offer context for your emotions, touchstones on your journey to healing.

The following questions can help you decide if it is time for hospice care. Have you or your loved one...

  • been hospitalized or gone to the emergency room several times in the past six months?
  • started taking medications to lessen physical pain?
  • started spending most of the day in a chair or in bed?
  • fallen several times over the past six months?
  • needed more help with bathing, dressing, getting out of bed, walking or eating?
  • started feeling weaker or more tired?
  • experienced weight loss so that clothes are becoming looser?
  • noticed a shortness of breath even while resting?
  • been told by a doctor that you have a life-limiting illness?

If you answered "yes" to several of these questions, Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America may be able to help you. Contact our Wichita and Newton office at 316-652-6212 or our Farmington office at 573-756-7066.

We Honor Veterans

Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America is a proud We Honor Veterans partner. The program was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

We Honor Veterans resources focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans.

Make it Happen

Our Make it Happen program brings moments of joy to those nearing the end of life by fulfilling precious wishes. Whether it's a ride on a motorcycle, a day at the spa, or an autographed photo of a favorite actor, we are making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

As we seek to meet the needs of our hospice patients, there are many opportunities to volunteer, including with the Make it Happen program.

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