Hospice & Palliative Care
Centura Health at Home has been providing compassionate end-of-life care for over 30 years in the State of Colorado. Our team of nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers will spend time with you, your family and your physician to create a customized plan that meets your goals and needs.
Centura Health at Home is dedicated to providing the best care possible, so our staff is fully trained and screened before they ever reach your door. And we are accredited by The Joint Commission, which means we have demonstrated our ability to provide quality care. Whether you receive care in your own home, hospital or residence, or at one of our in-patient facilities, we will make you as comfortable as possible.
We believe in treating the whole person…body, mind and spirit. In addition to providing excellent clinical care we know that faith and inner strength can be a powerful force. That’s why we give special attention to your spiritual well-being too. Our non-denominational chaplains are available as needed.
Centura Health at Home understands that grief often brings up unfamiliar and sometimes confusing emotions and responses. That's why we offer grief and loss support groups, individual counseling, children's counseling and grief education that address the needs of both family members and friends that have experienced the death of a loved one. Grief and loss support groups offer a safe and nurturing environment for questions, concerns, and memories to be shared.
Contact a grief counselor to learn about services and support groups:
Q. When is the right time to consider hospice?
A. At any time during a life-limiting illness, it's appropriate to discuss all of the treatment options available, including hospice. Our staff members are always available to talk about hospice care with family members and your physician to determine the right time for you.
Q. How many family members does it take to care for a patient at home?
A. There's no set number. One of the first things our hospice team will do is prepare an individualized plan of care that will address the amount of caregiving a patient needs. Our staff will visit regularly and are always accessible to answer questions and provide support. Families are welcome to visit patients at Porter Hospice Residence or at the hospice suites at The Villas at Sunny Acres any time, and can be as involved as they want to be in the patient's care.
Q. What if a patient's family lives out of town?
A. Accommodations for overnight stays for families visiting patients at Porter Hospice Residence can be pre-arranged. For patients at St. Anthony Hospice at the Villas, guest apartments at reasonable rates are available for visiting family and friends in several locations on campus. There are several hotels and restaurants nearby to both Porter Hospice Residence and the hospice suites at The Villas at Sunny Acres; our staff is happy to help you with information and directions.
Q. Is home the only place hospice care can be delivered?
A. No. Patients can live in nursing homes, assisted living centers or other alternative settings and still receive hospice care. Hospice can follow a patient wherever they go, from hospital to home to a facility and home again. Hospice care is consistently there.
Q. Is there any special equipment or changes I have to make in my home before hospice care begins?
A. Our staff will assess your needs and recommend any necessary equipment. We'll discuss your options and arrange to have what you need delivered to your home.
Q. Will insurance pay for hospice care?
A. In most cases yes. We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Our health benefit advisor will help determine what insurance will cover.
Home Hospice Care
Providing compassionate care at home.Home hospice care is designed for those who wish to remain in their homes at the end of life. Members of the hospice team will visit your home to make sure you are comfortable and well cared for. You and your family will help plan the kind of care you receive and will play a vital role in communicating your needs, concerns or questions to the members of the hospice team.
The hospice team members involved in your care include:
Your primary physician will continue to provide medical care and will work with the hospice team in providing your comfort care.
The hospice Medical Director works with your physician as an additional resource for your comfort. The Medical Director oversees the ongoing review of your need for hospice care. If necessary, the Medical Director may offer consultation to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that supports your goals.
The hospice nurse will work closely with your physician ensuring you are as physically comfortable as possible. Helping with pain and other symptoms are our primary concerns. Your hospice nurse will make scheduled visits. Nursing staff are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for phone consultations or emergency visits.
Clinical social workers provide support for you and your family by offering emotional comfort, assistance with community referrals and short term counseling.
Emotional support is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to address any concerns that may arise.
Spiritual issues are often important at the end of life. The non-denominational Hospice chaplain assists you in addressing these issues. Spiritual and religious beliefs are as individual as people. The chaplain assists you and your loved ones by using your own faith or beliefs as a means of coping with your illness.
Personal Care Aide
Certified nursing aides assist with personal care such as bathing and other hygiene needs. The health care aide can also help with light household duties related to your care.
Every hospice volunteer is required to complete comprehensive training. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways to give family members time to rest or maintain contact with friends. Volunteers can assist with light housework, running errands and providing companionship for the patient and caregiver.
Other Team Members
Other support team members may include a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist, dietitian and bereavement counselor.
For immediate hospice needs or questions, contact us.
Requirements for Hospice Care
To be admitted to Hospice you must meet the following criteria:
- Your physician has determined you are in the last stages of a terminal illness
- You reside in our service area
- You agree with the goals of comfort care
Hospice Benefits Under Medicare
Since 1983, the Medicare (Part A) hospital insurance program has included hospice care as a benefit available to participants. People who have a terminal illness can choose to receive palliative and/or comfort care - that is, medical and support services for their illness while continuing to live in their homes or other appropriate settings.
When the patient elects the hospice benefit, the patient waives the right to standard Medicare benefits for all of the services related to his or her terminal illness. Medicare will continue to make payments to the attending physician for services if the physician is not a hospice employee.
The Medicare Hospice Benefit is divided into benefit periods. These consist of two 90-day periods, followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods. They must be used in the above order. Hospice care is considered continuous from one period to another unless you choose to revoke the benefit or you are discharged. A hospice may discharge an individual when a patient stabilizes with no signs of serious clinical decline or if the patient is not in the service area.
Revocation of the Hospice Benefit
You may elect to revoke (end) the hospice benefit at any time by filing a signed statement with the hospice. This may be necessary if you choose to pursue another course of treatment or simply decide you do not want to be in a hospice program.