Hospice Care offers the following services
- 24-Hour Response
Care Initiatives Hospice takes pride in being responsive to requests for information, admission referrals, and patient/family needs. Our care team is available 24/7 and will respond to our patient or family needs in a timely manner, usually within one-hour.
- Bereavement Care
Care Initiatives Hospice offers specially trained individuals to assist families and caregivers through the grief process. We offer an organized program of bereavement services for family members, caregivers and significant others, as well as the general public. Services include: letters and supportive information, support groups, memorial services, and visits and/or telephone calls.
- Care Initiatives Hospice & Other Hospice Services
Care Initiatives Hospice provides compassionate health care and palliative support for people facing life-limiting illnesses or conditions. We offer a physician-directed, nurse-coordinated interdisciplinary team approach to personal care. Our goal is to add comfort and quality to the late stages of life.
Care can be provided wherever the patient is – at home or in a care facility. Regardless of the level of need, or where care is administered, no one facing a life-limiting or terminal illness is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. We offer these services throughout 66 Iowa counties. Find a Care Initiatives Hospice office near you.
- Care Where You Are
Care Initiatives Hospice staff are not focused in one location. Our care team provide service where you are - personal home, nursing home, hospital or assisted living.
- Individualized Care Plans
We believe in treating every patient to the best of our abilities, which means administering care that is custom to the individual. Each patient or resident of Care Initiatives receives a customized care plan implemented by Care Initiatives caregivers, leading them to higher independence and quality of life.
We carefully analyze the medical history of our patients and residents, and we implement the care advised by their doctors. Each patient receives treatment and care individualized to them and based on their health needs.
- Intravenous (IV) Therapy
Intravenous (IV) therapy is the fastest route to deliver fluids and medications throughout the body. It may be used to correct electrolyte imbalances, deliver medications, blood transfusion or as fluid replacement. It is particularly useful for elder patients who might not be getting as much fluids as they should and, because of the side effects of some medication, they have increased potential to become dehydrated. IV therapy gives the resident in need the right balance of water and electrolytes to keep their body functioning properly. Additionally, IV therapy is of particular use in cases where oral antibiotics are not effective.
- Medication Management
Medication management is one of the most important daily challenges for patients and residents. Care Initiatives nurses and caregivers are here to implement a medication management plan that works for each individual according to their custom care plan. We help patients and residents understand their medications, and we implement a management schedule that is safe, healthy and effective for each person.
- Pain Management
Care Initiatives' Care Team has a goal of helping our patients maintain a dignified and proper quality of life. Controlling pain can be an important part of the process. Our Care Team will work closely with your physician and you to develop a compassionate plan for managing pain.
- Pastoral Services
Each Care Initiatives location helps provide access to pastors, chaplains and other religious leaders and services for the spiritual wellbeing of residents. Religious services are held regularly in Care Initiatives locations, and we will work with residents and their families to coordinate services if possible.
- Respite Care
If an at-home caregiver or family needs temporary relief from the day-to-day care needs of their loved one, any of our care locations are able to assist. Sometimes respite care is used when a family or caregiver plans a vacation, needs a break or change of pace, or wants to trial a long-term care facility for possible placement at a later date. Contact your nearest location to learn more about how temporary respite care may be a solution for you or your family.
- Select/Choice Menus
We believe that each patient and resident should be able to choose what they eat, so Care Initiatives locations serve several menu options at each meal. Each choice is nutritionally balanced and can be customized to suit special dietary needs.
- Special Dietary Accommodations
We can accommodate many dietary needs for our patients and will work with their families and caregivers to understand and maintain a plan that works. Whether the dietary restriction is part of a resident’s health care plan or personal preference, we are happy to provide for their needs.
- Spiritual Care
Our hospice spiritual care givers work with each patient and family to visit with and assist with any spiritual needs in accordance with the patient's or family's beliefs and desires.
- Tube Feedings
Tube feeding, or enteral feeding, is a way to deliver needed nutrients and fluids through a tube if your loved one is not able to take food or drink by mouth. In some cases, it may be only necessary for a short time. In other cases, it can be a more permanent solution. Our capable staff is able to monitor and assure your loved one receives the best nutrition.
- Wound Care Management
As people age, skin integrity is an important factor in maintaining overall health. Our team of healthcare providers at Care Initiatives is trained in treating existing wounds should a patient be admitted with an existing pressure ulcer. Using the latest in medical technology, our nursing staff incorporates V.A.C. ® Therapy to promote wound healing. V.A.C. Therapy applies negative pressure through a patented dressing. When applied at the site of a wound, this vacuum-like pressure helps draw wound edges together, remove infectious materials and actively promote granulation for faster healing.