When it comes to hospice, earlier is better.

Hospice is not giving up. It is choosing to be comfortable in your last chapter of life, however long that may be. By coming to Hospice House earlier, you can have more time and resources to deal with unresolved issues, final wishes, and saying goodbye. Your loved ones can receive one-on-one support earlier as well. It is a way to ensure you receive the best care; at Hospice House, your decisions are respected and your comfort is our highest priority.

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Hospice can mean more comfort and more control.

When considering hospice care, you should know your care team’s focus will shift from curative treatments to comfort care. Quality of life is the highest priority for our residents. We will help you find relief in your own way; you are in control of your care. Your hospice care team, including your physician, will plan for your care based on how you wish to address your physical and emotional symptoms. We welcome you to stay with us for a few days, a few weeks, or sometimes even several months.

Hospice is not just for you; it’s for your whole family. Caregivers and loved ones are a crucial part of hospice plans, and we are here to help you and your family understand and prepare for your final days of dealing with your serious illness. We offer personalized support every step of the way.

Levels of Care:

  • Routine Care is used if you need help with general daily care, but your physical and emotional symptoms are well-controlled. This is the most common level of care.
  • General Inpatient Care is available if you have symptoms that cannot be well-managed in other settings; however, your symptoms are usually controlled within a short period of time so you can return to Routine Care and remain at Hospice House or move back home.
  • Respite Care is short-term care provided to you when it is necessary to relieve your family or other caregivers for a period of 5 days. During this time, you are still under the care of your hospice team.

While you can be admitted at any level of care, the progression of your illness may require a change in your level of care.

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When hospice at your home is no longer an option, we welcome you to ours.

No matter where you are on this journey, we will walk with you. When it is time to make this decision, it is not about giving up hope. Hospice redefines hope and helps you and your family reclaim the spirit of life. Although end-of-life care can be a difficult discussion, it is important for you and your family to consider all of the options available to promote quality of life and allow you to make the most of the time you have.

Residents at Hospice House:

  • Experience life to the fullest each day by focusing on comfort rather than cures
  • Work with our partner interdisciplinary teams from CHI Health and VNA to meet physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs
  • Receive gentle, compassionate care every day, including services like bathing, skin care, oral hygiene, meal assistance, and medication assistance, among others
  • Enjoy personal, hands-on care from experienced hospice staff and volunteers
  • Spend precious, quality time with loved ones, create moments of joy, share stories and memories, and celebrate life

Hospice House is beneficial if you live alone and require frequent assistance, have a caregiver who cannot fully support your needs, or if you simply want to have support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ask us about our care charges and how Medicare, Nebraska Medicaid, private insurance, or self-payment are used.

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We recognize and honor everyone who comes through our doors, and strive to exceed expectations by providing excellent, compassionate care.

At Hospice House, we promote quality of life and dignity in death for those:

  • Who live alone but require assistance with their care
  • Whose caregiver’s schedule precludes them from fully supporting their needs; or
  • Who desire a home-like environment which offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the end of life

Admission Criteria

Hospice House residents:

  • Have a serious illness with a life expectancy of about six months
  • Choose comfort care rather than curative care
  • Have a physician who will oversee the care and select a hospice team from the following hospice programs:
Do not count the days; make the days count.

Muhammad Ali

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Your questions are valid, and we want to make sure you understand everything.

It’s natural to have lots of questions about hospice. Healthcare in itself can be a confusing world, and adding the finality of death makes it even more complex. But we are here for you – hospice doesn’t have to be scary. We want you to feel comfortable, confident, and welcome at Hospice House.

Common questions about hospice

The Hospice House Diary

The end of someone’s life is a sacred time. Contact us if you’d like to honor your loved one’s journey by sharing their Hospice House story here.
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