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When medical science can no longer add more days to a patient’s life, hospice care can add more life to each remaining moment. We work with patients, their families, and physicians to make the end of life a time of comfort, enrichment, and love.

Our hospice nurses help the patient control and direct their end-of-life care. They provide peace of mind, dignity, and comfort on the patient's terms—often in their own home. The hospice team provides medical, emotional, and spiritual support to not only the patient, but also the patient's family.

Who qualifies for hospice?

To qualify for our services, an individual must no longer be able to benefit from any curative treatments and have a life expectancy of six months or less as determined by a physician. When possible, we prefer to include family as a support system and part of this experience. We offer ongoing emotional and spiritual counseling to family members after the loss of a loved one, should they want those services. 

Saint Luke’s Hospice is known for its:

  • Nursing, health aides, social services, and bereavement staff whose experience and certifications are concentrated in end-of-life care
  • Care in the comfort of patients' homes
  • Access to consultative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Supportive staff for the family, including counseling and grief support, continuing after the death of the patient
  • Saint Luke's Hospice House

Our multidisciplinary hospice team uses the latest methods of pain and symptom control to enable the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible. The Journey to Light (PDF) can help you understand symptoms and changes at the end of life and provide information for comfort measures, as well as helpful guidance for caregivers and family members. 

Some of our programs include:

  • Bereavement services. We offer support to family members of the deceased for 18 months or longer after death to help them cope with their pain and loss.
  • Veteran-to-Veteran Recognition. We honor patients who have served our country by providing veteran volunteers from the same military branch who visit and present them with appreciation plaques.
  • Music therapy. This specialized therapy helps hospice patients relax and reduce their pain. It also helps patients with Alzheimer's or dementia express themselves when they can no longer speak. 

Our hospice team includes:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Bereavement counselors
  • Neonatal bereavement
  • Home health aides
  • Music therapists
  • Trained volunteers

Contact us

There are many factors to think about before entering hospice care. We want you to understand your options. For more information, call 888-303-7576.

Payment

We are a faith-based, nonprofit hospice agency. We are certified for Medicare and Medicaid patients. We also accept commercial insurance and private pay.

Podcast

Hear Carol Quiring, CEO of Saint Luke’s Home Care & Hospice, discuss hospice care, misconceptions about hospice care, and services offered through Saint Luke’s.

 

Corporate Office

3100 Broadway, Suite 1000, Kansas City, MO 64111

816-756-1160 or 888-303-7576; fax: 816-756-0838

South Branch

1302 S. Main St., Suite 2, Ottawa, KS 66067

West Branch

1004 Progress Drive, Lansing, KS 66043

North Office

601 S. 169 Highway, Smithville, MO 64089

Northeast Office

893 Fairway Drive, Chillicothe, MO 64601

Fax information*

Home Care: 816-756-0838

Infusion Pharmacy: 816-532-7754

Hospice & Palliative Care: 816-756-2596

*Please speak with an intake coordinator on the weekends to obtain best fax number.

Tribute gifts

You may make a gift in memory or honor of a loved one. We will notify the family member or other person you designate of your thoughtful giver, however, no amount will be mentioned.

To make a tribute gift, please mail a check to:

Saint Luke’s Home Care & Hospice
c/o Saint Luke’s Foundation
4225 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Please include the following:

Your name and address
Patient’s name
Name and address of person to be notified of the gift

Other ways to give

Please visit Saint Luke’s Foundation to learn more about giving opportunities.

Contact information

If you would like more information on how you can give, please contact Mark Litzler at 816-932-2337 or mlitzler@saint-lukes.org

Every year, Home Care & Hospice volunteers give hundreds of hours of their time and compassion to patients and families. Hospice volunteers assist patients and families throughout the entire end of life, including up to 13 months of supportive counseling after the patient's death.

To become a Saint Luke’s Home Care & Hospice volunteer, call 816-360-8009

Volunteers assist in three areas:

  • Direct care
  • Provide companionship
  • Respite care—stay with patient to give caregivers a break
  • Household assistance, including light housekeeping
  • Run errands
  • Provide transportation

Indirect care

  • Office support
  • Raising public awareness of Saint Luke’s Home Care & Hospice
  • Fundraising
  • Assisting with special events

Bereavement care

  • Provide companionship
  • Write cards/letters of support
  • Act as a sounding board for feeling and emotions
  • Reintroducing the surviving loved one to activities in the community
  • Attend support groups with family

 

Saint Luke's has streamlined our referral process so you can refer your patient anytime online. In the navigation menu in the upper left, please click on the Home Care, Hospice, and Infusion eReferral link to start your referral process.

Note: All eReferrals submitted after 5 p.m. will be processed on the following business day. If you need immediate attention, please call 816-756-1160.