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:
Exploring Grief & Spirituality
Presented by Linda Freund and Paul Roper
Chaplains with Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice
- 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Gardens at St. Elizabeth*
Multipurpose Room - 14th Floor
2835 W. 32nd Ave., Denver
*Regarding parking for the Gardens as St. Elizabeth - please park on the streets around the facility or park in the south lot along Eliot St., west of the facility between 32nd and 33rd. Please do not park in the Habitat for Humanity parking lot.
- 4:00 - 5:30 pm
St. Anthony Hospital
11600 W. 2nd Pl., Lakewood
- 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Porter Adventist Hospital
Twin Peaks Conference Room
2525 S. Downing St., Denver
Many grieving people report that going through death loss often has unexpected impacts on where they stand in their faith and belief systems. Join us for the August Bereavement Education Program as we explore the spiritual challenges and blessings that many experience during the grief process.
Bereavement Education is a quarterly seminar for grieving people to learn about grief and coping with loss. It runs the 3rd Wednesday of February, May, August and November at locations in northwest Denver, Lakewood and south Denver. There is no fee and no need to RSVP.
Grief is a normal and natural response to the loss of someone you love.
It can be difficult, painful, and personal. Centura Bereavement Services offer professionally trained grief counselors with masters degrees that can help you cope with feelings of loss and regret on a one-to-one basis. Our bereavement counselors also specialize in children's counseling with specially designed therapies, kids can express their feelings in an environment that feels safe.
Families associated with Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice will receive complimentary bereavement services for up to 13 months. Community members not associated with Porter Hospice or St. Anthony Hospice will incur a fee for services.
For more information ask for a Bereavement Counselor.
Grief often brings up unfamiliar and sometimes confusing emotions and responses.
Grief groups offer a safe and nurturing environment for questions, concerns, and memories to be shared. Families associated with Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice will receive complimentary bereavement services for up to 13 months. Community members not associated with Porter Hospice or St. Anthony Hospice will incur a small fee for services.
New Grief Groups (3 and 6 Week)
Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice offer time limited grief support groups that start periodically throughout the year. Our 6-week group is once a week over a six week period. This group is designed for grieving people who have had a death loss at least three months’ prior to the start of the group. Facilitators consist of a hospice grief counselor with a trained volunteer or master’s level graduate student. Each of the six group sessions builds upon the other, with suggested exercises during and in-between groups that help people memorialize the deceased while learning how to move forward in helpful, honoring ways. The same core group of ten people go through the six weeks together, and often, these groups continue to meet together socially to support each other after the hospice group is formally finished.
The 3-week group is for Newly Bereaved people. It is a similar format to what is described above, only shorter in duration and geared for the concerns of those just now (within the last three months) dealing with a recent death loss.
Contact the bereavement staff to receive information about becoming a group member.
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.