Hospice Care

Hospice Care


"Hospice Empowers Life, Not Death."

-Donna Magnuson

Knute Nelson Hospice strives to make every day matter, make every day comfortable, and make every day as joyful as possible for our patients who are living with a terminal or life limiting illness. Our primary focus is on managing the patient’s pain and troubling symptoms, while providing the emotional and spiritual support needed to help them live their life comfortably.

Our Hospice team is made up of professionals from a number of different disciplines. Each bring their own area of expertise and perspective to providing holistic care to the patient and their family. Your own primary Physician will work closely with the Hospice Medical Director and nursing staff to manage pain and troubling symptoms, prescribe medications, and oversee the patient's care.

Our Hospice team includes:

The Hospice team meets regularly to ensure seamless communication, coordination of care, and that the needs of the whole family are being addressed.

Knute Nelson Hospice provides care wherever the individual calls home –whether that’s in a private residence, assisted living community, adult foster care, or skilled care center.  You can expect good communication between our caregiving team and yours, to make sure that the patient receives the best possible care.

Hospice services are covered by Medicaid and Medicare, Veterans’ benefits plans, and almost all private insurance policies. No patient is denied care based on inability to pay or coverage status.

Knute Nelson Hospice covers over 20 counties in the West Central Region of Minnesota.

Common Indicators for Hospice

Cancer 
· Spread to other organs
· No longer seeking treatment

Alzheimer's/Dementia
· Difficulty swallowing
· Lack of bowel or bladder control
· Inability to dress or feed oneself
· Loss of meaningful speech
· Consistent weight loss

ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
· Rapid progression
· Decreased physical functioning
· Loss of muscle use
· Weight loss Congestive Heart Failure
· Severe fatigue
· Shortness of breath at rest
· Chronic fluid build-up
· Frequent hospitalization

Lung Disease
· Severe debilitating asthma/emphysema
· Shortness of breath at rest
· Oxygen dependent
· Frequent hospitalization

Stroke
· Difficulty swallowing
· Lack of bowel and bladder control
· Inability to dress or feed oneself
· Consistent weight loss

End-Stage Kidney Disease
· Severe fluid build-up and swelling
· Frequent hospitalization
· No longer receiving dialysis

End-Stage Diabetes
· Frequent hospitalization
· Loss of sight
· Nerve damage
· Chronic infection
· Uncontrollable sugar levels
· Loss of limbs

Hospice Brochure

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Hospice FAQ

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Hospice Common Indicators

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Services Contact
If you or a loved one are struggling with a terminal or life limiting illess, call us for a free informational meeting to learn more. Knute Nelson Hospice staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we'd be happy to answer all of your questions at 320-759-1270.

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