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"Caring hands . . . Caring hearts"
Through the centuries, hospice has meant "a place of rest for travelers." Today, it refers to a special type of program that provides skilled care and emotional support to families and patients in the last month of life. While quality medical care under the direction of a patient's attending physician is an important aspect of hospice, meeting the spiritual, social and emotional needs of the family unit is equally important.
Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice is a non-profit team of specially-trained professionals. We provide home-centered care for terminally ill people and their families, emphasizing comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
The very existence of Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice serves as a lasting memorial to one special woman and her family. When Mary Montgomery learned she was terminally ill, she chose to live out her last days in her home. With the help of her family, friends and others, her request was granted.
“You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can,
not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”
- Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement
What is hospice? Hospice is end-of-life care for those whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment. The goal is to provide compassionate comfort care while maintaining dignity and quality of life.
Through Fitzgibbon Hospital, Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice operates as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. It received certification from Medicare in mid-1993 and serves Saline, Northern Pettis and Eastern Lafayette Counties.
Who pays for hospice? Because hospice is dedicated to meeting the needs of terminally ill people and their families, care is given regardless of the patient's available insurance coverage or their ability to pay. Periodic fund-raisers, contributions from the community, memorial donations and bequests make it possible for the hospice program to care for those who otherwise would have no means of payment.
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies offer hospice benefits.The hospice Medicare benefit includes coverage of:
The hospice team works with the patient's family to develop a personalized plan of care right in the patient's home, assisted living or in a nursing home. Currently, Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice provides hospice care at nursing and residential facilities in the area.
Trained volunteers provide aid to the patient and family. A volunteer may sit with a patient while the caregiver naps or runs errands, read to the patient, sing or just be a good listener. We are proud of our compassionate, caring and dedicated group of volunteers