Cheri Montag

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Cheri Montag
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RN, BSN, CHPN
Appleton
Hospice Care
St. Paul Elder Services, Inc.
316 E. Fourteenth St.
Kaukauna
WI
54130

I’ve always heard that Hospice is only for people with cancer, is this true?

Hospice is for people who want to focus their care on comfort measures rather than cure of their illness or condition. Hospice care uses a compassionate, comprehensive team approach to address each patient’s needs and personal choices, as well as provide support for family members. People with other illnesses like Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Liver or Kidney Failure can be assessed by St. Paul Hospice Services to identify if Medicare criteria are met for admission into the program.

 

 

My family member has been told that medically, there is nothing more the physician can do. Should I call hospice?

When a physician states that medically, nothing more can be done, a consult from hospice is warranted. The hospice will respect you and your family’s values by discussing end of life options to determine if hospice is appropriate at that time. If hospice is not appropriate, the hospice team will provide emotional support and assist you in making decisions. It is never too early to call hospice, and nothing is gained by waiting.

 

Do I have to move out of my house if I am unable to care for myself?

No, hospice care and support can be provided wherever you live. It may be your own residence, a friend or relative’s home, assisted living, or skilled nursing facility. We accommodate to meet your needs, wherever you live. Hospice provides a multi-disciplinary team that supports you. The team is made up of social workers, nurses, home health aides, physicians, spiritual care givers, therapists, counselors and volunteers. St. Paul Hospice cares for Winnebago, Outagamie, Manitowoc, Calumet, and Brown county residents.

 

I have heard that hospice stops all medications to hasten death. Is this true?

No, our team does nothing to hasten the natural process of dying. We work with your physician in our area of expertise in pain and symptom management as end of life nears. We understand that it can be difficult at times to administer pain medications that can be sedating, but we are here to guide and support you and your family in making end of life decisions to ensure dignified care to you or your loved one.

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