hospice care

Taylor House

Hospice is a specialized way of caring for persons of any age with advanced stages of any non-curable illness. Hospice does not mean giving up, but rather it is often requested when the focus of an illness is shifted from finding a cure to providing comfort. It can be provided in a patient's home or other location, or it can be provided on a residential, inpatient or respite basis at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa.

The UnityPoint Hospice team includes physicians (including the patient's primary care physician), nurses, social workers, home health aides, therapy services, chaplains, grief counselors and volunteers. Care is planned to provide comfort, maintain dignity and promote quality of life. Every team member is committed to delivering quality care that allows patients and their families to live each day to the fullest.

Taylor House was built to provide care and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families who seek an alternative to care in hospitals or nursing homes. Taylor House is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with at least one nurse on duty at all times. There are also certified nursing assistants and volunteers.

Physicians must certify any patient living at Taylor House as terminally ill. Patients with any terminal diagnosis will be admitted including patients with cancer, end-stage heart and lung disease or ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Types of care offered at Taylor House:

Residential Care
Taylor House can be considered a person's place of residence, where he or she are provided hospice "home care" services. Residents are required to pay a daily residency fee, much like they would a nursing home.
General Inpatient Care
Patients may come to Taylor House for pain and symptom control, which is more cost-effective and home-like than hospitalization.
Respite Care
Taylor House is also used to provide respite care for patients and their families. This means the patient may be admitted for up to five days to give the family a much-needed break from caregiving.

The cost of these services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and may also be covered by private insurance, depending on the individual's policy.