Hospice in Arkansas

Hospice is a special way of caring for terminally ill individuals. The team that delivers Hospice care consists of family, a nurse, the patient's physician, a social worker, a hospice aide, volunteers and clergy. Together, the hospice team enables the patient to receive care alternatives which nurture human dignity and truly provide Christ-like care. Our hospice care is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas but also serves Craighead, Clay, Greene, Lawrence, Poinsett, Cross and parts of Mississippi, Jackson and Randolph counties. For more information about hospice care, please call (870) 207-7655 for Home Hospice and (870) 336-4200  for the Hospice House.

Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards - Arkansas

The passing of yourself or a loved one may seem like an uncomfortable subject to discuss. More than 50 percent of Americans die in hospitals, quite often in an ICU setting. Most of us, given the choice, would prefer to die in our own home, surrounded by loved ones.

There are many situations that preclude a home environment. End-of-life care is difficult. Patients at this stage are acutely ill and rarely can do much to care for themselves.  Private homes may not be large enough to accommodate the patient, a 24/7 caregiver or caregivers, and the ongoing activities of the family. It can be particularly troubling when there are small children at home.

Patients feel alone and vulnerable, because they are. Families worry about them, because they should.

At Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards, Arkansas this is what we do every day, 365 days every year. Our compassionate, professional hospice team provides pain and symptom management. We work to make our hospice patients as physically comfortable as possible. We provide comfort and support both emotionally and physically. We strive to meet people’s spiritual needs, however they define them.

At Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards, our hospice teams consist of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers who help the patient and his or her family to develop an individualized care plan. Above all, the patient’s dignity and sense of control is always a prime consideration.

Hospice patients and families can find rest from the wearying experience of fighting a terminal illness, rest from endless tests, waiting rooms, and hospital stays. We focus on living, not dying. It’s not depressing. It is uplifting for our caregiving teams, the families we serve, and our patients.

“We can create a serene, home-like atmosphere 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

Supportive Care / Palliative Care and Survivorship

Purpose of Supportive and Palliative Care

The goal of supportive and palliative care is to prevent and treat symptoms of life threatening diseases and side effects of intense curative treatments. It is designed to help patients tolerate aggressive medical management easier and therefore with greater success, to live longer and be able to perform daily activities with less effort and greater contentment.

We assist with:

  • Specialized medical care targeted at symptoms that affect your quality of life and treatments integrated with the curative management and destined to make the last one easier to tolerate.
  • Medication review by specialized pharmacist to optimize treatment and avoid dangerous medication interactions.
  • Social Worker services that assist with counseling, education and accessing services in the community.
  • Home health care and home services to enable you to maintain independence in your own environment.
  • Physical and occupational therapy services in order to maximize strength, function and mobility.
  • Nutritional counseling in order to adjust and optimize your diet.
  • Psychological counseling that helps you deal with anxiety, depression, concerns about body image, family or social environment.
  • Spiritual care with our chaplains.

Supportive and palliative care is all about enhancing your quality of life. Our objectives are to:

Total active care for persons with advanced medical illness, especially those with chronic and progressive life-limiting conditions.

The pain and suffering that often accompanies treatment for cancer and other serious medical conditions.

The stress that results from serious illnesses and their treatments.

Patients and their families live as fully and comfortably as possible during their illness and beyond.

Our program provides three aspects of care, medical support services, palliative care and survivorship planning that address:

  • Relief of pain, fatigue, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, depression, shortness of breath, weakness and other symptoms induced by severe disease or their treatment.
  • Helping you and  your family cope with the stress of a severe disease and understand you choices so that you can make the best decisions.
  • Determining what is most important to you and preparing for your future, during the treatment as well as after completion.

Medical Support Services
We know that treatment means far more than just fighting a disease. Your team will help you as a whole person with a variety of needs: strength and independence, emotional health, social support, good nutrition and overall well-being, because fighting a severe disease involves a patient’s entire life and the ones close to him.