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Hospice Services —

Hospice care helps patients nearing the end of life find peace in comfort and with dignity through Christ-like care. Our members and guiding you to live each day with peace.

The Hospice Care Team is composed of:

  • The patient
  • Family members
  • Nurses
  • The patients' physician
  • Hospice physician
  • Social workers
  • Aides
  • Pastoral care
  • Volunteers

The goal of Hospice is to provide physical pain and symptom management as well as emotional support. Hospice care can be provided in several settings such as the home, the hospice house, skilled nursing facilities and inpatient at several hospitals.

 

Home-Based Hospice

St. Bernards offers hospice care in homes, nursing facilities, contracted local acute care facilities and assisted living facilities to Northeast Arkansas residents of Craighead, Clay, Greene, Lawrence, Poinsett and Cross Counties, along with portions of Mississippi, Jackson and Randolph Counties. 

An interdisciplinary hospice team will ensure that the patients' physical as well as spiritual needs are addressed.

  • Board certified palliative care and hospice medical directors who coordinate care with the RN case manager to establish a plan of care.
  • A RN case manager is assigned to each patient who coordinates the patients' care. Nursing visits are anywhere from once every two weeks to daily, depending on the needs of the patient and family. A RN is on call 24/7 to assist with any unexpected needs after hours.
  • A certified nursing assistant is available to provide personal care and support if needed.
  • A licensed social worker is also assigned to each home patient, offering support, resources and any other patient/family needs. 
  • A pastoral care associate is assigned to each patient to provide emotional and spiritual support to the patient and family.
  • Trained hospice volunteers assist in meeting the needs of our home hospice patients.

Through the home hospice program, all necessary durable medical equipment, alone with comfort medications related to the patients' illness are provided at no cost to the family.

If you or a family member is in need of hospice services, please contact our office at 870.207.7655 or email: gsmckenzie@sbrmc.org

 

The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House 

The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House located at 1148 Matthews Ave. in Jonesboro, is the first and only residential care facility for hospice patients in Northeast Arkansas. Named in honor of the couple who dedicated the their lives to service of others and tirelessly advocated for hospice care in this region. 

The facility provides year round 24/7 care, with a home-like setting when home-based hospice is not possible. The 19,000-square-foot facility has 20 private rooms with adjacent nurses' stations. The facility also has a chapel and shared family room, dining room and kitchen areas.

An interdisciplinary hospice team will also ensure that the patients' physical as well as spiritual needs are addressed. Here, patients and families can find solace from their fight, endless tests, waiting rooms and hospital stays. We focus on living and acceptance of death as part of life. It is uplifting for our caregiving teams, the families we serve and our patients. 

"You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also live until - you die"
 - Cicely Saunders

 

What Makes St. Bernards Hospice Different

  • We care for everyone, regardless of a patients' ability to pay.

  • We are the largest provider of hospice care in Northeast Arkansas.

  • We have the most hospice experience, as our Hospice services began in 1989.

  • We have board certified Palliative Care and Hospice Medical Directors.

  • We have multiple nationally certified hospice nurses with 10 or more years' of experience. 

  • We are the only hospital based Joint Commission-certified Hospice Program in Northeast Arkansas.

  • We are the only Hospice Program in the region allowing palliative radiation to relieve symptoms that cannot be relieved using other methods.

  • We are the first and only residential care facility for the hospice patients, which allows for a seamless transfer between home and residential hospice care to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

  • We are members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, as well as the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas. The St. Bernards Hospice Director serves as the Northeast Regional Director in the organization.

 

The three types of care offered

  1. General Inpatient Care is for patients requiring procedures or treatments necessary for pain and symptom management that cannot be provided in another environment due to complexity or other factors. This can be in the final weeks of life when additional support is needed. General inpatient care can also be used as part of a transitional plan—stabilizing patients with a plan to return home with family and hospice support or move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. 

  2. Residential Care is an option for patients with an elderly or frail caregiver, or patients living alone with no primary caregiver. Clients choosing to live at the Hospice House pay a standard daily room and board rate for 24-hour nursing care and most amenities. Financial assistance is available for patients meeting the criteria. 

  3. Respite Care is available when a home hospice caregiver requires rest or relief. A patient may be admitted for up to five days during respite stay.

Resident Qualifications

To qualify as residents, patients must be enrolled in the services of St. Bernards Hospice. To enroll, patients must be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, have exhausted curative treatment and received a prognosis of approximately six months.

Transfer from Other Hospice Programs

Patients of other hospice programs and facilities, including those outside of our immediate service area, are eligible to become patients of St. Bernards Hospice and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. Admission is based on room availability and prioritized by corresponding patient need. Admission criteria are utilized to review each case individually and objectively.

Room and Board Cost

Hospice services may be eligible for coverage by Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurance providers. Patients receiving “routine home care” at the Hospice House will be charged for room and board. A sliding scale based on a client’s ability to pay is applied, when necessary.

Volunteer

To volunteer with any of the St. Bernards Hospice programs, please visit the St. Bernards Foundation page here.

Donate

Hospice is provided as a non-profit service of St. Bernards Healthcare and is supported through the generosity of donors. Single donations and legacy contributions can be made through the St. Bernards Development Foundation. Call 870.207.2500 for more information or donate online.
 

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