Compassion through your journey.
1310 W, Ash St., Suite B
Junction City, KS 66441
Medical Director: Jimmy Jenkins, MD, FAAFP, DABFP
Program Manager: Terri Wahle, RN
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a special way of caring for patients at the end of their lives in the familiar surroundings of their home. Hospice focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their family members.
Isn’t Hospice like giving up hope?
Most people are relieved and surprised to learn that hospice is far more about living than dying. In fact, the goal of hospice care is to maximize support so patients can live as fully as possible, for whatever time remains. When diligent attention is given to symptoms, even the small aggravating ones, a patient can expect to feel good enough to enjoy some part of every day.
Geary Community Hospital’s philosophy…
- Hospice is an affirmation of life.
- Hospice seeks neither to hasten nor postpone death, but accepts it as a part of life.
- At the end of life, every person deserves the best possible care in the comfort of dignity of their home or environment of choice.
- Each patient has the right to direct his or her own care as long as possible.
Geary Community Hospital’s goals…
- Control and alleviation of pain and debilitating symptoms in the patient.
- Provision of holistic treatment (physical, social, emotional, and spiritual) for the patient and his/her family as a whole.
- Effective use of the hospice team: physicians, nurses, therapists, and social workers working together to provide quality care.
- Bereavement support and follow up care for the family.
What does Hospice provide?
- Nursing Care (24 hour on-call availability)
- Home Health Aides to provide assistance with daily activities.
- Social workers to assist with emotional support and connecting patient and family with resources available in the community.
- Chaplains to assist patient and family with spiritual needs.
- Trained volunteers.
- Bereavement services.
- Nutritional counseling.
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies available.
- All medications related to the terminal diagnosis.
- Durable medical equipment, oxygen, and supplies as defined by the plan of care.
Who pays for hospice care?
- Private Insurance
- Charitable Funds (These are used for patients who do not have resources available)
An opportunity to serve…
There are many ways to support the work of hospice at Geary Community Hospital:
- Become a trained volunteer
- Make a contribution
- Encourage your church, school, community organization to invite a speaker from hospice.