"With each visit, you give dignity to the life of someone you did not even know in the time when that life was very different. Thank you for everything."Show More
Words Of Appreciation
Our agency frequently receives recognition for the care we have provided to a patient or someone’s loved one. Many tell us they don't have the words to describe their appreciation and simply say "Thanks." Below are comments and letters from patients and family members sharing their gratitude.
Daughter Thanks Heartland Hospice for Compassionate Care
"To my mother’s wonderful team of caregivers: It is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November. How fitting that it is the month in which we express our gratitude and gratefulness at Thanksgiving, and throughout the month are reminded of our blessings. Yet not just the month, but every day the Heartland Hospice volunteers give their time and talent to enrich the lives of our loved ones, is a day to be grateful. Whether it is competent medical care, or a kind word or compassionate touch to the hand, or a song sung or instrument played, or a book, a magazine or a letter read, or a game played or craft completed, or balloons blown up and watched together as they 'dance and float' about the room; whether it is a soothing voice, or it is the listening ears, or a shared prayer expressing what my mother perhaps cannot express for herself, or simply the silent assurance of one’s presence, the affirmation of both laughter and tears -- it is evident that when a member of the Heartland Hospice team arrives to care for my mother, the day is made better. Thanks to my mom’s Heartland team for their compassionate care and affirmation of her good life by helping to give her a good death. As dementia chips away at her abilities, you support her in the things she can do. As her memory fades, you give her moments to cherish in real time. Please know that you are appreciated beyond these words for what you have chosen to do. With each visit, you give dignity to the life of someone you did not even know in the time when that life was very different. Thank you for everything."
At Heartland, we understand that hospice patients with heart disease and their caregivers deserve a specialized level of care.Show More
Heartland Hospice Heart Disease Services
At Heartland, we understand that hospice patients with heart disease and their caregivers deserve a specialized level of care.
We believe that the quality of life for our cardiac patients can be enhanced through care designed to meet their physical, psychological and spiritual needs. Our care focuses on providing proactive therapies, as well as experienced pain and symptom management and psychological support.
Services for patients with heart disease may include but are not limited to:
- Cardio-respiratory assessment
- Medication management
- Pain and symptom management
- Teaching and use of oxygen
- Nutritional management
- Spiritual and psychological support
- Family support
- Advance directive planning
Triggers for eligibility for patients with heart disease may include:
- New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class IV
- Ejection fraction 20% or less
- Decline in Karnofsky Performance Status Scale from 70% or less
- Body Mass Index less than 22; unintentional weight loss or gain (Weight gain could be from fluid overload, not representing nutritional status)
- Shortness of breath or angina at rest/minimal activity
- Symptoms persist even with optimal doses of diuretics, vasodilators and/or ACE inhibitors
- Increased frequency of ER visits or hospitalizations for symptom control
- Not candidates for or declined surgical procedures
- History of MI or cardiac resuscitation; unexplained syncope
- Current inotropic therapy dose unable to be reduced
- Dependence in 2 or more ADL's
- Co-morbidities likely to contribute to a life expectancy of 6 months or less
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Heartland Hospice Volunteer Salutes Veteran Patient at End-of-Life
Johnny, Veteran Volunteer with Heartland Hospice serving South Central Wisconsin, had been visiting with veteran patient, Robert for several months. When he heard of Robert's sudden decline, he knew he had to somehow visit him one last time to thank him for the time they spent together and for serving our country.Read the Full Story On Our Blog
The power of the individual, the importance of relationships and the value of respect and dignity to everyone at every stage of life are the backbone of our philosophy. We would love to work with you to help grant the wishes of your loved one. See some of the ways we have fulfilled our patients' heart's desires.Read On Our Blog