Comfort. Compassion. Support.
Making end-of-life decisions is among the most difficult and confusing challenges each of us will ever face. But with Bethesda’s Hospice Care, you can make at least one decision with confidence.
For us, Hospice Care is a team effort. Our team of compassionate and experienced professionals help your loved one feel more comfortable, more cared for and more dignified. They’ll also allow you to do what you want most: express your love during this most precious time. Your team will be made up of each of these highly skilled and thoughtful professionals, as needed:
- RN Case Manager
- Hospice Aides
- Social Workers
A Tailored Approach to Senior Care
Our experienced team of professionals will coordinate with family, physicians, hospitals, social workers, and other healthcare professionals to provide specialized assessments for each individual and tailor plans to their unique needs. With our approach, your loved one will receive the compassionate, specific support they require, and you’ll take comfort in knowing they’re in great hands.
No One Dies Alone Program
Bethesda is also proud to offer a program called No One Dies Alone (NODA), where highly-trained and motivated volunteers provide a caring, peaceful and alert presence at your loved one’s bedside in the last days and hours of life. Specially trained hospice volunteers sit vigil, providing a comforting presence for the hospice patient and peace of mind for their loved ones. NODA volunteers are trained to observe and report signs of discomfort and to help address emotional and spiritual needs at end of life, in order to help facilitate a peaceful and comfortable death. The NODA program provides support for patients who may not have loved ones nearby, and for loved ones who may not be able to sit vigil themselves or who would like some assistance sitting vigil. Whether you are considering hospice for yourself or a loved one, our NODA program is here for you.
Hospice Care Where it Most Suits You
If you and your loved one prefer to receive hospice care in the privacy of your home, we’ll arrange for the medication, equipment, supplies, and staff to come to you. We also provide our hospice services in specialized suites in three of our own communities—Bethesda Dilworth in the Kirkwood/Webster area, Bethesda Meadow in Ellisville, or Bethesda Southgate in Oakville.
If you choose a Bethesda location, our spacious, comfortable—and private—suites offer the room you need for your family and friends to comfortably visit or stay overnight with your loved one.
Kitchenette with Keurig coffee maker
Large flat screen TV with DVD/CD player
Don’t Travel Your Grief Journey Alone
Every one of us grieves in our own unique way. And each of us has our own timetable. Because grief and mourning are so personal, we at Bethesda listen and adapt our bereavement program to fit your experience and traditions—just as we do with all of our programs and services.
Depending on your needs, support can begin even before your loved one dies. Likewise, we understand that grieving can take a year or more, which is why we’re available to help you cope with your loss for as long as it takes, at no cost to you.
Our Bereavement Services Include:
- Individual and family grief counseling
- Phone contact and/or mail support
- Annual memorial event
- Community grief education presentations
- Virtual grief support groups via Zoom
- Pre-loss counseling, because grief can start before death
Grief Support Groups
Bethesda Hospice Care offers grief support groups facilitated by experienced grief counselors. These groups provide a safe space to share your story with others on a similar journey and help you experience peace and healing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our grief support groups will be conducted via Zoom.
For more information about our bereavement program or to speak directly to a Bereavement Coordinator, please contact Bethesda Hospice Care’s Bereavement Department at (314) 373-7025.
A Meaningful Way to Celebrate a Loved One's Life
The Kayman 5K – Bethesda Hospice Care’s Annual Memorial Walk provides a unique opportunity to honor loved ones who have died. This event has become a symbolic activity in which families, friends, community members, volunteers, and others unite through their commonality of grief to honor and memorialize a loved one who has died.
We hope that each year more people will take advantage of this wonderful way of commemorating the life of a loved one who has died. The death of a loved one changes us forever. But love does not end in death. The Kayman 5K is a great example of a ritual that helps to keep these continuous bonds with our loved ones.
"We Honor Veterans" Program
Bethesda is one of only a handful of hospice programs in Missouri to achieve a Level Five rating from WHV, the highest rating possible. It reflects our profound respect for the sacrifices and courage of our nation’s Veterans, as well as commitment to honor their lives and deaths in the most honorable way possible.
A Proper Welcome
Because it’s never too late to give a Veteran a warm welcome home, here are just some of the many ways Veterans are honored in the WHV program include:
- Framed Military Service Certificate
- Veterans Day Pinning Ceremonies
- Welcome Home Vietnam War Veterans Day Celebrations
- Memorial Day Candle-Lighting Ceremonies
- Veteran Escort Ceremony
Our Licensed Social Workers ask the Veteran and her or his family about their military experiences, complete a military history checklist, screen for any possible related Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and assist with treatment or referral as needed. The social workers will also assist with any VA Veteran’s Benefits that the patient may need.
We know that Veterans appreciate opportunities to share their military experience in a non-judgmental, safe environment. Bethesda Hospice Care team members have been trained to listen and offer this service.
A DIGNIFIED FAREWELL
And finally, Bethesda offers the unique Veteran Escort Ceremony to every Veteran who dies in one of our communities or under our care. For the ceremony, our Veteran patients are draped with an American flag and escorted in a dignified procession as they exit one of Bethesda’s skilled nursing communities, other long-term care communities, or their own home. A ceremonial flag folding bids our Veterans a final farewell.
Contact Us for Eligibility. In addition to being Medicare-certified, we accept most private insurance plans. However, with constantly changing insurance contracts, we suggest that you contact us at 314-446-0623 or email us to review your benefits with one of our staff.
Hospice Volunteer Program
In addition to professional services, Bethesda Hospice Care provides the option to have volunteers make visits to your location, as allowed by COVID-19 precautions. Specially trained hospice volunteers offer companionship and a caring presence, plus individualized services such as comforting music, veteran-to-veteran support, and bedside vigils. For more information about the Bethesda Hospice volunteer program or to learn about volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Julie Strassman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 314-373-7041.
Ready to Learn More?
If you or your loved one is ready to discover the Bethesda Difference, please reach out so we can start the conversation and help you however we can. Give us a call at 314-446-0623 to arrange for an appointment, reach out to email@example.com, or fill out the form below.