Hospice

Hospice services are available at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital through Rice Hospice, Willmar, Minnesota.

Rice Hospice is a clinical service that brings comfort-oriented care to wherever the patient resides. We provide comprehensive end of life care to patients and families whose treatment goals are a special kind of comfort and care in the final stages of life rather than cure. Hospice care seeks to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of both the patient and family, with pain and symptom management as top priorities. A Hospice Plan of Care is developed for each individual patient and family. The patient is encouraged to stay at home if the family is able and willing to be the caregiver. All efforts will be made to help them reach their goals.

The patient and family works with the Hospice Team which consists of the Primary Physician, Hospice Coordinator, Nurse Clinician, Home Care Nurse, Social Worker, Chaplain, Medical Director, Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteers. All work together to provide care and support for the patient and family.

  • Comprehensive medical care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Visits by registered nurses
  • Assistance with finances or insurance concerns
  • Delivery of medical equipment
  • Service of a home health aide
  • “Being There” – to let the patient know he or she is not alone
  • Talking openly about feelings
  • Hand & Foot massages
  • Providing favorite foods or music
  • Joining in favorite pastimes

Hospice care is available to Hospice patients 24 hours a day. Though Hospice professionals and volunteers are there to help, they encourage the patient to be active and to do as much for himself or herself as possible.

Each family is followed after the death of their loved one for approximately one year. Our objective is to help a family work through its period of grieving. We offer bereavement volunteers, support groups, supportive mailings and memorial services.

The Grief Center at Rice also provides one-on-one counseling to persons of all ages who may be experiencing grief and loss. The central office for the Grief Center is located at Rice Memorial Hospital but outreach services are available at the other 7 Hospice locations.

For more information or referral to Hospice care contact:
320-564-6239 or Toll free: 1-800-336-7423

Rice Hospice Website

 

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