What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is patient-focused care for a person with a prognosis of six months or less. Sholom hospice offers numerous services, including:
- A comfort-focused approach to treatment
- On Call care and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Medical staff including physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and social workers
- Weekly visits from nurses and home health aides
- Pain management to help keep patients comfortable and pain free
- Emotional support and spiritual guidance provided by rabbis and chaplains for patients and families
- Home-based services that allow patients to remain in a comfortable, familiar place
- Supportive services such as music therapy, massage therapy, pet therapy, and volunteers
- Bereavement support for patient’s family that continues after their loved one has passed away
Why choose Sholom Johnson Hospice?
Our team of professionals is ready to learn about your family’s needs, fears, and concerns as you embark on your journey. We understand that the hospice journey can be a difficult one for patients and families and we are ready to open minds, and our hearts, to help you navigate your loved one’s final stages of life. While we are affiliated with the Jewish faith and community, we welcome people of all cultures and faiths. We will work with you to provide the emotional, spiritual, and medical support that you need to help make this difficult journey less difficult. For us, hospice is not just a profession; it is our calling.
Our team was awarded the 2018 Pinnacle Customer Experience Award for highly personalized and compassionate end-of-life care in the following service area: Getting Emotional and Religious Support.
How do I pay for hospice care?
Medicare and/or Medicaid will cover the costs of hospice services for patients who meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Private insurance companies, managed-care organizations, and worker’s compensation plans may also cover hospice services. Patients are also able to pay privately.
Patients and their families will be made aware of any out of pocket costs, which are often minimal, upon admission.
When is my loved one ready for hospice care?
Typically, hospice care is designated for patients who have a terminal diagnosis and a prognosis of six months or less; however, patients and families benefit the most from hospice services when they seek support earlier instead of waiting for a crisis to occur.
If you are unsure, just ask us! We are happy to provide you with more information and evaluate your loved one. An evaluation does not obligate you to choose hospice care, it is meant to provide you with as much information as possible before deciding if hospice care is the correct choice for your family.
“I wish I had chosen hospice sooner” is a phrase we often hear from families. Please call us at (651) 328-2091 so we can help you take the first step in your family’s hospice journey.
From a Sholom Social Worker: I just spoke with Richard F (his wife was here on hospice); he expressed that during their stay here at Sholom how excellent the care was and how good of an experience they had during his wife’s final days. He stated that he is sharing how wonderful we were and recommending us to others.
From a Sholom Social Worker
Hospice Programs at Sholom
We have several different volunteer options for our families.
- Companion Volunteers offer companionship through friendly conversation, playing games, reading, listening to music etc.
- Pet Therapy Volunteers offer visits with their certified animals
- End of Life Doula Volunteers offer opportunities to do life review, legacy work, vigil planning and bereavement support
- 11th Hour Volunteers sit with people and offer comfort to our patients while they are actively dying
All volunteers are carefully screened and specially trained to perform the work that they are volunteering for.
Music Therapy is the research-based use of music by a board-certified music therapist to help patients with goals such as relaxation, social engagement, reminiscing, emotional processing, pain management, and much more. No musical skill or background is required for music therapy, and all patients and families are welcome to participate in music therapy sessions!
The Medical Director is a licensed physician that oversees the hospice program and leads the interdisciplinary team. Medical directors provide written certification of terminal illness, and collaborate with a patient’s attending physician to plan and manage patient care.
Registered and Licensed Nurses
Nurses who are skilled at managing the needs of each hospice patient by administering and overseeing palliative care and addressing the unique care needs associated with life-limiting illnesses.
Spiritual care is a broad service available to the patient throughout his or her stay. It is tailored to the patient’s personal and spiritual points of view, regardless of his or her faith, religion or cultural background. The chaplain can provide spiritual and emotional support by listening to the patient’s life stories and experiences, and talking about any spiritual concerns the patient may have. The chaplain also provides guidance and explores the role of spirituality in illness, suffering and healing
While you may see your massage therapist for a deep tissue massage, in hospice care, things tend to be a bit different. The goal is to communicate love and care, so geriatric massage techniques are often employed to help relieve pain. The specific techniques used often depend on the needs of the individual patient and the wishes of the family. Touch is so important to seriously ill patients, and massage therapy is one way to ensure that patients feel the warmth and care around them even at the end of the road.
Social Workers are available to ensure that patients and their families receive the appropriate care and to explore community resources to cope with the problems caused by serious illness.
Home Health Aides
Home Health Aides help to provide personal care services and to assist with the basic needs like nutrition, cleanliness and household tasks
the role of a physical therapist is to help patients realize their optimum ability to function. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent a loss of mobility with fitness and wellness oriented programs that promote healthier and more active lifestyles
OT promotes independence by improving the skills required to perform activities of daily living and/or teaching alternative ways to accomplish them. The therapist will consider a person’s physical, psychological, and social well-being, as well as environmental factors when developing a plan of care and treatment. Occupational therapy helps individuals regain day to day skills such as dressing and feeding.
Speech and language therapy can help individuals improve breathing, speaking, or swallowing functioning. Speech therapy focuses on the ability to understand and use words. Speech therapists may help individuals who suffer from:
- A stroke
- A heart attack
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
3620 Phillips Parkway
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: (952) 935-6311
4925 Minnetonka Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 653-3680
Conveniently located near Saint Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood, the Rossy and Richard Shaller Family Campus – Sholom East offers a full-range of senior housing options and services – just blocks from the picturesque Mississippi River.
740 Kay Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 328-2000