It’s a tender time. A time when true compassion strengthened by physical, emotional and spiritual support can bring a balm of comfort to those with life-limiting illness — to their family and dear friends. At the heart of Village Hospice is the belief that each person deserves to live each day to its fullest, and each family deserves to be fully supported and informed. Our dedicated caregivers are deeply devoted to this belief and enriched by those we serve.
Hospice care is appropriate for people who have life-limiting illnesses and are focused on comfort, rather than a cure. Village Hospice provides palliative care, including symptom and pain management, with interdisciplinary hospice teams providing case management, social work and chaplain support. If a patient experiences a health crisis, continuous 24-hour home care is available.
Patients may receive care from Village Hospice in the place they call home – whether in a private residence or within an independent, assisted living or skilled nursing community. We provide care and support to patients in 10 counties throughout Missouri, as well as to residents at John Knox Village. If home isn’t the most comfortable option, Village House, located within the Village Care Center at John Knox Village, provides compassionate, contracted inpatient care and support to hospice patients and their families.
Village Hospice care is available in Jackson, Clay, Platte, Cass, Ray, Lafayette, Johnson, Carroll, Saline and Pettis counties in Missouri.
Our lives are different and varied. Village Hospice recognizes and responds to the wishes, desires and needs of each patient and family member. Our interdisciplinary team is always available to answer questions and offer support.
Individual care planning allows patients currently receiving medical treatments the option to continue the treatments while receiving hospice care. Our medical director is always available to provide medical oversight.
Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance covers most services. Since hospice care is based on need, a patient is never turned away due to a lack of insurance or funding.
Music provides a way to express emotions when words fail. At Village Hospice, music therapy offers even more. Our board-certified music therapist spends time with the patient and family to learn how music is meaningful to them. Patients share their musical tastes and preferences. A customized program tailors each visit to the patient’s needs and wishes, taking extra care to consider cultural backgrounds and spiritual beliefs. Using a variety of instruments, live and recorded music, this therapy encourages patients to express emotions while addressing physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. This increases family connection and spiritual well-being by bringing peace, tranquility, even joy.
The Village Hospice music therapy program is one of the few nationally approved host locations for the American Music Therapy Association’s college internship program, which brings the bright young faces of students pursuing a degree in music therapy to Village Hospice. Music therapy is available to all hospice patients without a waiting list or additional charge – wherever they call home.
Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique health care challenges. That’s why Village Hospice has partnered with the We Honor Veterans program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The first step to providing quality end-of-life care to our nation’s veterans is through understanding and education. Village Hospice staff and volunteers participate in ongoing training programs to learn more about military culture and our countries’ wars. Whether it’s sitting near to hear a story or connecting veterans to available resources, our compassionate caregivers recognize their service with well-earned respect, honor and thanks.
Within the We Honor Veterans program, there are levels of distinction based on involvement with veteran education, both in-house and throughout the community. As a three-star program working on four, Village Hospice identifies additional information about patients who are veterans, including branch of service, time of service, combat experience and possible access to VA benefits. Ensuring the very best care is provided to those who have served our country. We’re proud to serve those who have served us.
Regular visits with pets can have positive physical, emotional and mental benefits. Interacting with pets and their human companions can help ease depression and anxiety, calm emotions and create connection. Physical benefits can include lowering blood pressure, lowering heart rate and reducing overall stress. That’s why Village Hospice “Furry Friends” volunteers provide patients with comforting pet visits. All pets have been temperament-tested for appropriate behaviors during our pet/companion evaluation. Often, a pet visit triggers fond memories, and always helps warm hearts and laps, with love.