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Lifespark Hospice

At Lifespark Hospice, we focus on you as a whole person; including your happiness, your comfort, your wishes, and yes, your life as you want to live it. That’s where we start. Then we surround you with a team of compassionate people who look for creative ways to make every day meaningful.

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What is hospice?

This specific type of palliative care is given when your remaining life can be measured in months, not years. Hospice services provide comfort and serenity while improving your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. So you can live like you want for as long as you can.

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Hospice is all about living more fully in the time we have left

Stay in control

You’ll have the access and flexibility to adjust services as you see fit.

Relieve stress

Make the days and nights easier for yourself, your family, and the people you care about. You’re in the best of hands when you’re in ours.

Coordinate care

Lifespark assembles an expert team all on the same page with you to help you live each day to the fullest. It’s a full continuum of support, connecting you to every resource that can make a difference.

What makes Lifespark Hospice different?

We focus on you — never losing sight of the people and things that bring joy and meaning to your life. In other words, if it makes you happy, we’ll find a way to make it happen with a plan designed to keep the spark in your life. To do this, we sometimes color a bit outside the lines.

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Yes, we do that

Have you ever heard of a hospice connecting you to a hairstylist who comes to your home? Or finding an affordable cleaning service? Or even finding you a top realtor? Lifespark helps you find solutions. Big and small. We’re like an extended family, with steady hands that are always ready to provide comfort, medical support, and connections to anything you want to make the most of the time you have left.

How do you know when it’s time for hospice?

We understand. The idea of entering hospice can feel overwhelming. When is the right time? Here’s a piece of wisdom we can offer:

The biggest regret among people receiving hospice services is that they wish they had started sooner. (2019 Medicare CAHPS Hospice Survey)

Choosing hospice isn’t about dying. It’s about living your remaining time as fully as possible. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to enter hospice, give us a call. We’ll talk it through so you can understand your options and make your best decision.

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Lifespark Hospice in their words

I was hoping hospice would help Mom. I had no idea how much it would help our whole family.

Margaret F.
Daughter of Lifespark client

I wish we’d gotten Dad into hospice sooner. His life got so much better.

Bill P.
Son of Lifespark client

My wish for people is that they’d embrace hospice instead of resisting it. It’s a great kindness you can do for yourself.

Joel Theisen
RN and Lifespark CEO, founder

With hospice comes hope

  • Hope of waking up with things to look forward to.
  • Hope that your family finds strength and peace.
  • Hope for wise friends to walk the path with you.
  • Hope that your wishes are understood and honored.
  • Hope for healing conversations with someone you love.
  • Hope that you’re cared for by experienced people with kind hearts.
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Meet your hospice team

Surrounding you with compassion

Whether you’re living at home, an independent/assisted living campus, or at a skilled nursing facility, our hospice team has all the best people, all collaborating to support you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Along with your primary physician, we have nurses, social workers, counselors, caregivers, case managers, and many more people who are all on the same page in helping you to age magnificently.

Hospice Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Hospice is most often for people who are expected to live six months or less. A person in hospice receives medical treatments to relieve pain and other symptoms, but not to cure their illness. Hospice care teams focus on making the person physically comfortable while supporting them and their family emotionally and spiritually.

  2. No. Hospice is a service. If you’re in hospice, you receive physical, emotional, and spiritual care from a team, whether it’s in your home, at an independent/assisted living campus, or at a skilled nursing facility.

  3. Anyone expected to live six months or less qualifies for hospice care.

  4. Absolutely not! Even though your illness can’t be cured, you may still greatly benefit from the type of care you receive in hospice. Services focus on enhancing your quality of life, relieving symptoms, and taking steps to lessen your distress. A hospice team can help you and your family make the most of your remaining time together.

  5. It’s a personal decision. If you qualify for hospice, it may be time to start having conversations about it. Feel free to give us a call. We can talk about your unique situation and whether or not hospice might be right for you.

  6. It’s up to you. Anyone can suggest hospice services. You may want to have these conversations with your doctor, other healthcare professionals, members of the clergy, family, and friends. Most people who enter hospice wish they had started it sooner. Feel free to reach out to us at Lifespark Hospice to begin the conversation.

  7. Visits are based on your needs and the needs of your family. They will be described in your personalized care plan. The number and types of visits may change over time.

  8. Hospice care doesn’t replace your relationship with your doctor. In fact, your hospice care team works directly with your doctor.

  9. Yes. Your hospice care team will review your current medications and, as part of your individualized hospice plan, identify the best medications for your goals and situation. Medications for your hospice condition are covered under your hospice insurance benefit.

  10. Yes. You may choose to leave hospice at any time and return to traditional services. You may also be discharged from hospice if your condition improves and your life expectancy changes to extend past six months. However, if your condition later deteriorates, you may enter hospice care once again.

  11. You or your family may decide to request additional home health aide/nursing hours of care (outside of the visits referenced in your hospice care plan). Your hospice care team can help connect you with the resources you need. This type of service is private-pay and directly billed to you or your family.

    If interested, Lifespark Community Home Care services are available to help you understand your options, set up a schedule for support, and get you started.

  12. Most likely, you will not have to pay anything for your hospice care. Hospice costs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid (in most states), the Veteran’s Health Administration, and most insurance policies.

  13. If you qualify for hospice care, your insurance may most likely cover it.

    Who will pay for hospice care?

    • Most insurance policies
    • Medicare
    • Medicaid (in most states)
    • The Veteran’s Health Administration
  14. Palliative care is whole-person care that relieves symptoms of an illness, whether or not a cure is possible. Hospice is a specific kind of palliative care for people who may have no more than six months to live.

  15. No. For 13 months after the death of a loved one, Lifespark Hospice continues to support survivors and caregivers. We also offer bereavement groups free of charge for anyone who has lost a family member or friend, whether or not the person died while under our care.

Not sure what service is the right one for you? We’re here to help you age magnificently.