Hospice care helps patients nearing the end of life find peace in comfort and with dignity through Christ-like care. Our compassionate and experienced team will put your end-of-life needs and wishes at the forefront—supporting you and your family members and guiding you to live each day with dignity and grace.
Care teams include the patient, family members, nurses, the patient’s physician, a hospice physician, social workers, hospice aides, therapists, volunteers and clergy to provide physical and emotional support, along with pain and symptom management. Our services allow the patient to no longer make physician visits if not desired. Our hospice nurses stay in contact with the physician as needed.
What Makes Us Different
- We care for everyone regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.
- We are the largest provider of hospice care in Northeast Arkansas.
- We also have the most experience, as our Hospice began in 1989.
- We are the only hospital-based Joint Commission-certified Hospice program in Northeast Arkansas.
- We are the only Hospice program in the region allowing palliative radiation to relieve symptoms that cannot be relieved using other methods.
- We are the first and only residential care facility for hospice patients, which allows for a seamless transfer between home and residential hospice care to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.
- We are enrolled in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, as well as the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas. The St. Bernards Hospice Director serves as Northeast Regional Director in the organization.
- We have received the Jonesboro Occasions Readers’ Choice Award for Best Hospice Agency for the last five years.
St. Bernards offers hospice care in homes, nursing facilities, contracted local acute care facilities and assisted living facilities to Northeast Arkansas residents of Craighead, Clay, Greene, Lawrence, Poinsett and Cross counties, along with portions of Mississippi, Jackson and Randolph counties.
In the Home Hospice program, each patient receives a nurse to coordinate his or her care. Your loved one will be seen anywhere from once every two weeks to daily, depending on the needs of the patient and family. Your loved one will also receive the care of Certified Nursing Assistant, who will provide personal care and support daily if needed. A nurse is on-call 24/7 every day of the year to assist with any unexpected needs.
A licensed social worker is also assigned to each Home Hospice patient, offering support, resources and other needs to both the patient and family. A Hospice pastoral care associate is on-staff, as well, to provide emotional and spiritual support to the patient and family.
There are also trained volunteers to provide support of Hospice services. Volunteers help us meet all of the needs of our Home Hospice patients. Bereavement services are offered through Home Hospice, as well, for up to a year after the patient’s admission to the program. Free bereavement support groups are offered in several areas.
Through this program, we provide all the necessary durable medical equipment, along with all comfort medications related to the patient’s illness – at no cost to the family.
If you or a family member is in need of hospice services, you may contact our office to request a visit or learn more about the services we offer.
For more information, please call 870.207.7655.
The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House
The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Avenue in Jonesboro, is the first and only residential care facility for hospice patients in Northeast Arkansas, named in honor of the couple who dedicated their lives to service of others and tirelessly advocated for hospice care in this region.
The facility provides year-round 24/7 care, with a home-like setting when home-based hospice isn’t possible. Here, patients and families can find solace from their fight, endless tests, waiting rooms and hospital stays. We focus on living and acceptance of death as a part of life. It is uplifting for our caregiving teams, the families we serve and our patients.
The 19,000-square-foot facility has 20 private patient rooms with adjacent nurses stations. The facility also has a chapel and shared family room, dining room and kitchen areas.
“We can create a serene, home-like environment where family members and friends can come and go. There can be no greater gift than investing in helping people maintain their dignity.”
-Donna Lowe, Director, St. Bernards Hospice
The three types of care offered
- General Inpatient Care is for patients requiring procedures or treatments necessary for pain and symptom management that cannot be provided in another environment due to complexity or other factors. This can be in the final weeks of life when additional support is needed. General inpatient care can also be used as part of a transitional plan—stabilizing patients with a plan to return home with family and hospice support or move to a nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Residential Care is an option for patients with an elderly or frail caregiver, or patients living alone with no primary caregiver. Clients choosing to live at the Hospice House pay a standard daily room and board rate for 24-hour nursing care and most amenities. Financial assistance is available for patients meeting the criteria.
- Respite Care is available when a home hospice caregiver requires rest or relief. A patient may be admitted for up to five days during respite stay.
To qualify as residents, patients must be enrolled in the services of St. Bernards Hospice. To enroll, patients must be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, have exhausted curative treatment and received a prognosis of approximately six months.
Transfer from Other Hospice Programs
Patients of other hospice programs and facilities, including those outside of our immediate service area, are eligible to become patients of St. Bernards Hospice and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. Admission is based on room availability and prioritized by corresponding patient need. Admission criteria are utilized to review each case individually and objectively.
Room and Board Cost
Hospice services may be eligible for coverage by Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurance providers. Patients receiving “routine home care” at the Hospice House will be charged for room and board. A sliding scale based on a client’s ability to pay is applied, when necessary.
Hospice is provided as a non-profit service of St. Bernards Healthcare and is supported through the generosity of donors. Single donations and legacy contributions can be made through the St. Bernards Development Foundation. Call 870.207.2500 for more information or donate online.