Comfort and Care at the End of Life
We enter this world surrounded by love and comfort – and we deserve the same when we leave. Caring for a dying loved one at home can be enriching and rewarding, but it is never easy. That’s why St. Luke’s Hospice offers a team of highly specialized professionals and volunteers trained to provide the care and support to help patients die peacefully, and live as fully as possible until the moment of death.
Our services are provided under a physician’s order for hospice care. People with life-limiting illnesses or conditions have unique needs, as do their family members. In partnership with the patient, family, and physician, our skilled team of health care providers creates a plan of care tailored to meet the individual wishes and needs of each patient.
The care provided by St. Luke’s Hospice allows people to die with dignity in their own homes, in familiar surroundings, with those they love by their side. Hospice provides expert medical care, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support – offering stability and comfort when and where it’s needed most.
About St. Luke’s Hospice
When patients approach the final months of a terminal illness, finding a loving, supportive and familiar environment becomes very important. Patients and their families who have made the decision to stop active treatment often turn to St. Luke's Hospice to help them achieve the comfort they seek.
St. Luke's Hospice is a Medicare-certified program of care for terminally ill patients and their families. It is a program for those who wish to remain in their homes, close to family and friends. The primary goal of Hospice is to promote comfort and enhance quality of life without aggressive curative or life support measures.
Care is provided to patients without regard to diagnosis, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability, or ability to pay.
Patients are referred to St. Luke's Hospice by their physicians, hospitals, nurses, social workers, family members, clergy, and friends.
St. Luke's Hospice is available to any patient in the later stages of a terminal illness who:
- Seeks comfort and symptom control
- Has a physician certify that Hospice is appropriate care option
- Has a 24-hour primary caregiver or contact person
St. Luke's Hospice Services Team
Hospice care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of the patients personal physician and the Hospice medical director, nurses, social worker, pastoral and bereavement counselor, home health aides, and volunteers. Other support services and counseling professionals are available when needed. The core team works together to coordinate services that best meet each familys needs.
- Medical direction is provided by the patient's own physician.
- Consultation is provided as needed by the Hospice medical director.
- Registered nurses visit the patient on an intermittent basis to provide care for medical needs, pain control, symptom management, teaching, and support. Nurses are available for telephone support and home visits during evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Social workers help patients and families with psychosocial needs related to dealing with a life-threatening disease. Supportive services include patient and family counseling, resources, and referrals.
- Chaplain visits provide support, counseling, and referral for emotional and spiritual issues.
- Bereavement counseling is available for the patient's family through individual and group support services.
- Volunteers visit on an intermittent basis to provide comfort, support, and assistance throughout the patient's illness. Arrangements for volunteers are made through the Hospice volunteer coordinator.
- Home health aides provide assistance in personal care and activities of daily living.
We strive to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their families. St. Luke's Hospice wishes to support you throughout this difficult time.
St. Luke’s Home Care
In cases when improvement in a patient’s condition occurs and the disease seems to be in remission, Home Care services may be appropriate. Our Home Care team provides comprehensive health care in the warmth and comfort of the patient’s home, offering the latest care techniques and technology to people at all ages and stages of life.
More information about St. Luke's Home Care.
Insurance Coverage and Support
Services provided by St. Luke’s Hospice are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurance companies. Assistance is available to help find other options for those without health insurance coverage.
Here When You Need Us
St. Luke’s Home Care and Hospice serves 13 counties from locations in Boise, McCall, and Twin Falls. Services are provided seven days a week, including holidays, and 24-hour on-call.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
On-call 24 hours a day
Boise – serving Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, Owhyhee, Payette, and Washington counties
325 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
McCall – serving Adams, Idaho, Valley, and Washington counties
301 Deinhard Lane
McCall, ID 83638
Twin Falls – serving Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, and Twin Falls counties
601 Poleline Road
Twin Falls, ID 83301