What is Hospice?

What is hospice? Hospice is a family-centered approach to care at the end of life that focuses on making every day count. It is provided with a team of experts that bring as much or as little care as you want to you and your family. Hospice can be provided wherever you want to live.

Hospice is offered when the focus shifts away from treatment to comfort and support. It generally begins when life expectancy is in months rather than years. Hospice allows you to choose where you want to spend the last months of your life and how you want to be treated during this time.

Your hospice team will work with you and your family to understand what is most important to you and to honor your wishes. Hospice is offered at home, in assisted living, or in a long-term care facility. If you need more intense care, you may go to the Kansas City Hospice House™ or NorthCare Hospice House, where our staff provides care around the clock and your family is relieved of the stresses of caregiving.

Hospice provides:

  • Expert management of symptoms like pain, nausea, shortness of breath, insomnia and anxiety
  • Services for people of every age, from babies and children to adults
  • Team approach to care that gives you more knowledge and expertise
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
  • Volunteers to help with things that are not covered by insurance, like companionship, time off for caregivers, errands, pet care and more
  • Care that comes to you where you live
  • Your choice in what care you want to receive and a promise to honor your wishes
  • You can change your mind at any time
Learn More About Hospice

CNN: Hospice: What is it and when is it for you? July 26, 2015

The Blade: One of America’s Great NewspapersHospice: Making a good death possible, by Keith C. Burris, August 9, 2015

Our Programs

There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

Hospice

When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Hospice

Palliative Home Health

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health

Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits as needed to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Advanced Illness Support
Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel

Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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