UnityPoint Hospice - Paula J. Baber Hospice Home


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  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
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Paula J. Baber Hospice Home

Here you will find a place where individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families can come together with a professional staff that will support their end-of-life choices with extraordinary care and compassion. As a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to providing end-of-life care, the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, continues a strong hospice tradition that first began as a volunteer effort in 1983.

The Paula J. Baber hospice home was built with our patients and their families in mind. Our hospice home has many unique features that makes it feel less like a hospice care facility and more like your home. We want to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. To do this, we offer a variety of different amenities and accommodations.

In Honor of a Remarkable Woman

Our hospice home is named in honor of Paula J. Baber. Paula was truly a remarkable woman. Steady and constant, she was a supportive wife and mother, a woman of strength and dignity. As a volunteer, Paula devoted hundreds of hours at Trinity Regional Medical Center during her lifetime.

Paula received hospice care prior to losing a courageous battle with cancer. "The hospice staff was very caring and provided wonderful care to Paula," said Paula's husband, Dr. William Baber.

Inpatient Hospice Care

Sometimes hospice patients develop symptoms that are not easily manageable with routine care in the home and require more intense medical treatment. Whenever situations arise that require additional attention that cannot be provided at home, inpatient hospice care is available. Inpatient hospice facilities provide care and comfort to end-of-life patients and their families in a peaceful, home-like setting.

Whenever a patient cannot get adequate treatment at home and needs inpatient care, UnityPoint Hospice has a professional staff that is available 24 hours a day to provide medical care in a supportive environment for the patient. Inpatient hospice care can also be provided by a patient's hospice care team in a hospital or nursing home when a dedicated hospice facility is not available in a community. Inpatient hospice care is considered short-term care, so as soon as the symptoms are manageable again by the primary caregiver, the patient would be discharged.

Inpatient hospice care services include:

  • Nursing care
  • Social services
  • Spiritual care
  • Hospice aides
  • Comfort therapies, such as music, art and pet therapy
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Oxygen and special medications, such as chemotherapy (for symptom management only, not for curative treatment)
  • Volunteer companionship
Types of Inpatient Care

The most basic level of inpatient care is Residential Inpatient Care. This is when a patient needs to be more closely monitored than what a primary caregiver at home can provide.

General Inpatient Care is necessary when there is an onset of uncontrolled pain and symptoms that cannot be managed successfully at home or needs more intensive treatment than what is provided in residential inpatient care. It can be due to the frequency or aggressive nature of the pain or symptoms. It is still considered short-term care, so as soon as the pain and symptoms are manageable, the patient is moved back to residential inpatient or home hospice care.

It can be physically and emotionally demanding to take care of a loved one who is in the final stages of life. Sometimes the only way for primary caregivers to continue to provide quality hospice care for a patient is to allow themselves to have a rest or respite. Respite Inpatient Care is offered for hospice patients whose primary caregivers need a break, which is normal and often necessary for the physical and emotional well-being of the caregiver.


Inpatient Hospice Care Accommodations & Amenities

Making Your Stay as Comfortable as Possible
There are a total of eight patient suites at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. Each suite has all the amenities that a patient and their loved ones need for a comfortable stay. The spacious main bedroom allows for any necessary medical equipment while maintaining a comfortable area for family members who choose to stay with their loved one.
Patient Suites
Each suite features a bedroom and an adjoining living space including an entertainment center and a hide-a-bed for family members to stay. Both the bedroom and guestroom have French doors that allow the patient to be easily transported to their own private patio.
Meal Preparation
The Paula J. Baber Hospice Home employs a full-time cook to prepare meals for patients. Many hospice patients have poor appetites, so food is available at any time per their request.
Family Area
The Paula J. Baber Hospice Home was built with the family in mind, providing everything a family would need while staying with or visiting their loved one.

We have a family kitchen with all the necessities to make a meal. The spacious kitchen and adjoining dining room open to a patio where families can enjoy the outdoors.

A family room is provided to relax and watch TV. Included in the family room is a children's play area. Children can watch TV, read, or play games.
Patient Spa
The patient spa provides a soothing and relaxing experience for the patient. Many hospice patients are unable to take a warm soaking bath because of physical limitations. Our spa has a large whirlpool tub with a lift. The spa also has a handicap accessible shower.
Our mission is to provide complete care for our patients and their families, including a place for their spiritual needs. Our beautiful chapel offers a quiet place for prayer and reflection.
Trinity Gardens
Trinity Gardens provide a unique and tranquil sanctuary. These beautiful gardens celebrate the lives of those we have lost and honor the families and friends who have cherished and cared for their loved ones.

Trinity Gardens offers the opportunity to purchase a brick paver. Pavers can be engraved as a memorial or to honor someone you love. They are available with gifts of $250 (6" x 6") or $500 (6" x 9"). For more information, please contact UnityPoint Health Foundation at 515-574-6509.