From our offices in St. Louis and Washington, Missouri, St. John's Mercy Hospice provides vital end-of-life services to more than 1,140 patients and their families each year. Patients come from across St. Louis City and 13 surrounding counties. With a team of highly trained staff, including registered nurses, licensed clinical social workers, home health aides, chaplains and spiritual advisors, volunteers and support staff, we are available 24 hours a day to assist with the care of patients, regardless of their age, race, gender, creed, physical condition or ability to pay for services. The St. John's Mercy Hospice Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization, provides financial support and services for patients who lack financial resources, ensuring that all members of the community are served equally.
Hospice care is compassionate health care that is provided to terminally ill individuals during their final days. Types of care include:
- Controlling pain and other symptoms as effectively as medically possible
- Creating and following an individual plan of care
- Helping the patient and family cope with impending death
- Offering spiritual support, as desired by the patient and family
- Providing volunteers for companionship and family support
- Coordinating nursing care at home through visiting nurses
- Admitting to the hospital for symptom control when ordered by a personal physician
- Providing on-call services to patients and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.