Hospice Care

Our Home Health & Hospice team — and our volunteers — offer professional and compassionate care in the home and in nursing homes and long-term-care centers.

Hospice Care

Hospice is a concept of caring for a person in the last stages of life. It is not a place, but rather a comprehensive service available to meet the needs of the individual and their family. Hospice does not hasten the time of death, nor does it postpone death. Hospice helps people live each day with comfort and dignity, retaining their individuality and control over their lives. Through skilled care, counseling, support and education, hospice helps people seek the best possible quality of life.

Hospice care involves a physician directed, specially trained team approach to care because Orange City Home Health & Hospice recognizes that the diverse and sometimes urgent needs of the individual and family cannot be met by any one person. Under the physician’s direction, the hospice team specializes in pain and symptom management, emotional, and spiritual support. The team assists the patients and families to make the most of life.

Hospice is open to people of all ages who have a life-limiting or terminal illness, have the consent of their family physician, and who have decided to receive comfort care rather than curative care.

Hospice services can be provided in home environment, nursing home or hospital setting depending on the needs of the individual and family.

Please contact us for an evaluation or to learn more about Hospice services:

Orange City Home Health & Hospice

Mailing Address:
1000 Lincoln Circle SE
Orange City, IA 51041

Physical Address:
400 Central Ave NW, Suite 200
Orange City, IA 51041

OCAHS Home Health & Hospice (712) 737-5279

Hospice Resources:
Hospice Brochure

Library List Resource
Hospice News Letter
Veterans Brochure

Hospice Interdisciplinary Team

Medical Director: A physician acts as a liaison between the patient's personal physician and the hospice team to provide consultations on end-of-life care and management of symptoms.

Physician: The personal physician continues to supervise care under hospice and works with the hospice team.

Registered Nurse: Nursing staff that is specially trained in pain management/symptom control. Works closely with the personal physician and medical director. On-call nursing staff is available 24 hours a day. Makes regular home, hospital, or nursing home visits.

Social Worker: Provide emotional support related to coping with end of life issues. This may include assistance with community resources, counseling to help relieve emotional stressors, assisting with insurance information, and funeral pre-arrangements. Help individuals and families find meaning and fulfillment at the end of life.

Home Health Aides: Available to help with personal cares including oral hygiene, bathing, light housework, turning and repositioning, and other needs when increased personal care is desired

Clinical Pharmacist: Plays an important role on the hospice team consulting for pain and symptom management at the end-of-life.

Clergy/Chaplin: Spiritual support is often provided by the personal pastor however a hospice chaplain is also available for support.

Bereavement Counselors: Provide comfort, resources, and guidance to families coping with the loss of a loved one. Helps to understand grief and how to cope with the loss through counseling services, grief support groups, memorial services, or accessing our hospice library of grief resources.

Respite Services: Provide short term relief to allow family members a break from caregiving.

Trained Volunteers: Serve as helping hands, companions, sympathetic listeners, and provide support to help improve quality of life in a wide variety of ways.

Massage, Music, & Pet Therapies: shown to help relieve distressing symptoms, lower stress, and boost mental wellness.

Other Therapies: Professionally-guided physical, occupational, and speech therapies are provided as needed. In addition, dietary consultations can be arranged as determined by the individual’s needs.

Hospice Payor Sources

Our primary aim is to provide support to patients and their loved ones when it comes to making difficult decisions regarding their healthcare. We understand the importance of finding the right payor source that suits your family's needs, and we are here to assist you in this process. We accept various types of payor sources, and we will work with you to determine the payment option that best fits your situation. It's important to note that most private insurance companies, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, offer a hospice benefit.

“We Honor Veterans”

Orange City Area Home Health & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” Partner Level Four, the highest recognition of the We Honor Veterans program. According to the organization, Level Four“reflects Orange City Area Hospice’s continuing commitment and dedication to ensuring Veterans have access to quality end-of-life care.”We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This pioneering program recognizes the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. Community providers, in partnership with VA staff, help accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.