In 2018, Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice joined The University of Kansas Health System. Golden Belt Home Health was created in 1979 and added hospice care to its services in 1981. Great Bend is the only location in the health system that offers home health and hospice care.
In November, as national home care and hospice month is celebrated, we recognize the important care provided by home health and hospice staff members. The care team comprises 12 registered nurses, a home health aide, a social worker, a chaplain and a patient representative. The home health team is also able to provide speech, physical and occupational therapy through partnerships.
The services home health and hospice workers provide are unique to the health system. They visit – in their homes – people who are recovering from a hospital stay, need long-term skilled care, have wounds that need special care or have experienced a fall.
Hospice serves those who have terminal illness and need comfort care during the time they have left. Our hospice staff also supports family members of those who are terminally ill. Those family members often refer to our staff as angels, saying they wouldn’t have known what to do without the help of hospice care. Last year, we supported 114 families with hospice care or bereavement support after the death of a loved one.