Hospice

"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. 

WHV_Hospice_Logo_lvl3.jpgOur 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

Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses continually asses the patient and their family in order to determine their individual needs, maintain their comfort, teach skills to caregivers, coordinate additional team members as necessary, and generally support the patient and family.

Home Health Aides

Home Health Aides help with activities of daily living and provide personal care such as bathing and showering, along with emotional support.

Therapists

Therapists provide physical, occupational or speech therapy as part of the approved plan of care to help reduce pain or alleviate symptoms related to the hospice diagnosis.

Social Workers

Social Workers coordinate resources within the community, help ease emotional or family challenges, and help the patient and family with future planning. They are also available to provide grief support to family members before and after the loss of their loved one.

Chaplains

Chaplains provide spiritual care to the patient and their family, and collaborate with the patient's own clergy to meet their spiritual needs. Hospice chaplains honor and respect all spiritual philosophies.

Hospice Volunteers

Hospice Volunteers are able to provide respite care for the family, companionship, help with household chores or child care and provide administrative support at the Hospice office.

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

Massage Therapy

Our Knute Nelson Hospice Massage Therapist uses different massage techniques to help provide comfort and relaxation to patients.

Music Therapy

Our Knute Nelson Hospice Music Therapist uses methods such as imagery, singing, instrumental playing and music therapy relaxation techniques to treat the many needs of patients and families receiving hospice care. Needs often treated by music include social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

Where You Can Receive Hospice Care

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.

How Long Can You Receive Hospice Care

Hospice care is for people with a life expectancy of 6 months or less (if the illness runs its normal course). If you live longer than 6 months, you can still get hospice care, as long as the hospice medical director or other hospice doctor recertifies that you’re terminally ill.

You can get hospice care for two 90-day benefit periods, followed by an unlimited number of 60-day benefit periods. You have the right to change your hospice provider once during each benefit period. At the start of the first 90-day benefit period, your hospice doctor and your regular doctor or nurse practitioner (if you have one) must certify that you’re terminally ill (with a life expectancy of 6 months or less). At the start of each benefit period after the first 90-day period, the hospice medical director or other hospice provider must recertify that you’re terminally ill, so you can continue to get hospice care.

Choosing The Right Hospice Program

Consider these questions when choosing your hospice care provider:

  • Is the hospice provider certified and licensed by the state or federal government?
  • Does the hospice provider train caregivers to care for you at home?
  • How will your doctor work with the doctor from the hospice provider?
  • How many other patients are assigned to each member of the hospice care staff?
  • Will the hospice staff meet regularly with you and your family to discuss care?
  • How does the hospice staff respond to after-hour emergencies?
  • What measures are in place to ensure hospice care quality?
  • What services do hospice volunteers offer? Are they trained?

At Knute Nelson Hospice, we know that we can confidently answer YES to these questions and ensure that great communication is a priority for our team. The hospice provider you choose must be Medicare-approved to get Medicare payment. 

Hospice Offices

MAIN PHONE: (320) 759-1270

Alexandria

2715 Highway 29 South, Suite 103
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 759-1273

Wadena

315 Jefferson Street South
Wadena, MN 56482
(218) 632-1335

Fargo/Moorhead*

3361 45th Street South, Suite 100
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 356-3803

*Care provided by Ethos Hospice