Hospice of Lubbock is the only faith-based, non-profit hospice on the South Plains, serving 19 counties. We are the region's only pediatric and adult hospice. Hospice of Lubbock has never denied patient care due to lack of funding or ability to pay.
Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on quality of life for you and your loved ones who are experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. Your hospice caregivers provide compassionate care for you and your family during the final stages of life so that you may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Acceptance of death as the final stage of life: to affirm life and do not try to hasten nor postpone death. Treat the person and symptoms of the disease and not the disease itself. Manage the symptoms so that the last days may be spent with dignity and quality.
Serving God by being present at the end of life.
Creating a community of dignity and hope during end of life.
Home care can mean several things. The biggest blessing to hospice care is that it follows the patient wherever they go. Be that their personal home, assisted living or nursing home, hospice takes great pride in being able to care for patients where they want to be. Home care is also synonymous with our CNAs (certified nursing aides). Hospice of Lubbock has some the best CNAs in West Texas that provide assistance with the personal care of our patients. Our CNAs are the heart and soul of our organization due to the fact they often see the patient more than any other discipline. Hospice of Lubbock wouldn’t be able to function without of CNAs.
Many confuse palliative care with hospice. While all hospice patients are receiving palliative care, there are many palliative care patients that are not ready for, or do not qualify for hospice services.
Palliative care is the practice of treating symptoms associated with life-limiting or life-threatening illness. A patient may have stage 2 or 3 cancer and need help managing pain, but still be receiving treatment aimed at curing their cancer or placing it in remission. These are the patients that receive palliative care.
Once a patient’s condition is considered terminal, they have a life expectancy of six months or less; then they become eligible for hospice services.
Pediatric Palliative Care
Hospice of Lubbock is the only hospice in this area that provides services for pediatric patients (18 years and younger). We have provided this service since we opened our doors in 1987. While taking care of children with a terminal prognosis can be difficult, our team will tell you that our pediatric hospice patients often teach us far more about living than we ever imagined possible.
Hospice of Lubbock focuses on quality of life by easing pain and providing comfort. We are a non-profit hospice committed to every patient and their family who seeks our care, whether they have a way to pay for that care or not. This means our resources are not used to benefit shareholders but instead go back into services that benefit you and your family. It allows us to fulfill our mission of providing you with the very highest standards of care.
Some patients have Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance, but there are those who do not have billable insurance or the financial means to pay for end-of-life care when they need it. Hospice of Lubbock has never denied hospice services to an eligible patient based on their ability to pay. We rely on charitable donations to help offset the cost of our unfunded care. Patients with private insurance may need to meet deductibles and co-payment requirements. No patient will be denied hospice services due to complexity of disease, cost of care or inability to pay.
Grief is a process unique to each individual. No one can tell you how long and in what manner you should grieve, but there are elements of bereavement that are more or less common to all who pass through it. Understanding these common elements and how others have dealt with them can be of great help. Through our bereavement program at Hospice of Lubbock, we reach out a caring hand to the loved ones of patients who have died. We offer support in a variety of ways. Services include individual counseling, group counseling and support events throughout the year.
Hospice of Lubbock is pleased to provide a music therapy program to benefit our patients and family, thanks to grants and major donors. Music therapy is far more than someone playing the piano or singing a song. It incorporates music into the complicated world of grief and bereavement. A music therapist can help those in their grief journey by recording a patient’s heartbeat and weave it into a song that is given to the family.
No, we care for patients wherever they reside, whether in an assisted living facility, small care home, nursing facility or a private home.
We follow Medicare guidelines to determine if a patient is appropriate for hospice care. The patient must have a terminal diagnosis with a prognosis of six months or less if their disease runs its normal, expected course.
A patient may continue to receive hospice care as long as they continue to qualify under Medicare guidelines.
Since 1987, no one who is hospice appropriate has ever been denied care due to lack of funding. Please consider making a donation to allow our Hospice of Lubbock team to continue helping families in our community. We are very grateful for your interest in helping our mission of achieving a comfortable end-of-life experience for all who need it. Giving opportunities include unfunded care, We Honor Veterans, music therapy, Light Up A Life event and Annual Mayor's Beans and Cornbread.
Volunteers are the heart of hospice and make a vast difference to the patients and staff. For more information about volunteering with Hospice of Lubbock please call 806-795-2751 or 800-658-2648, or contact us online.
Volunteers may choose to work as one or more of the following:
Direct patient volunteers
(Requires a 16-hour training class – offered several times per year)
These special volunteers serve as a friend to patients and families, offering support and encouragement. Probably the most meaningful part of that support is in respite care when a volunteer sits with the patient while the caregiver takes a break to attend to personal needs or just to get away for a little quiet time. Direct patient volunteers may also run errands for the family or simply lend a supportive, compassionate, listening ear. The training classes include the following topics:
- The hospice concept of care
- Communication/listening skills
- Phases of dying
- Coping with death
- Signs of approaching death
- Developing one’s own philosophy of life and death
- Pain and symptom management
- The special language of the dying
- Spiritual care giving
- Responsibilities as a volunteer to the patient
Special event volunteers
We have several events and projects in which volunteers can lend a helping hand, including memorial services, We Honor Veterans committee, bereavement programs, fundraisers, and community education and appreciation events.
Do you like to sew? Do you like to do things for other people? Volunteers have the opportunity to create a special items such as a memory bear or a lap quilt.
In our memory bear program, volunteers create a bear for a family member of a hospice patient by using a special article of clothing, such as a shirt, robe, quilt or blanket. Once the memory bear is completed, Hospice of Lubbock staff gives the special keepsake to the family. Each volunteer is given a bear pattern to use.
Sewing volunteers have the opportunity to collaborate with our We Honor Veterans program by sewing a special red, white and blue-themed lap blanket for our veteran patients. Once the lap blanket is completed, staff will present it to a veteran in our care.
Work in the hospice office and perform clerical tasks such as filing, mail-outs, data entry, special projects or fundraising events.