Mahaska Health Hospice provides hospice services to residents in Mahaska County and surrounding counties residents. Hospice includes providing end-of-life care through nursing visits, hospice aide care, social worker, chaplain and volunteer services. Trained, qualified and professional staff are able to make these visits in private homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities as well as our Mahaska Health Hospice Serenity House.
Mahaska Health Hospice Serenity House is our six-bed facility where hospice staff care for the patient, allowing families to be family instead of the caregiver. There are three levels of care at Serenity House; routine, respite, and general inpatient. Routine is the lowest level of acuity. When on routine, there is a charge for Room and Board. Respite care is a five-day stay to give caregivers a break. General Inpatient care is to manage symptoms of pain, nausea, vomiting and others that cannot be managed in a home setting.
Hospice care can be provided not only for cancer diagnosis patients but for any life limiting illness with a life expectancy of less than six months. Anyone can call to refer a patient to hospice by calling 641.672.3260 and speaking with the patient care coordinator.