Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Hospice Services

Compassionate Care For Both Patient and Family

CentraCare Hospice is truly compassionate — providing emotional, spiritual and physical support to terminally ill patients and their families.

The final weeks and months of life can provide some of the most meaningful moments between families and loved ones. We understand how precious this time is, and we will help you understand what to expect along the way so you can make the most of it. We’ll be by your side from the moment hospice care begins.

If you would like to arrange a hospice visit, contact us at 320-259-9375 or 800-835-6610.

Why Choose CentraCare for Hospice Care?

Hospice care at CentraCare features the following:

  • Compassionate care that focuses on the patient and family as a unit
  • Support services that may include:
    • Education
    • Holistic pain and symptom management
    • Palliative care
    • Support and respite for caregivers
    • Grief resources such as books for children and teens
    • Grief and bereavement follow-up for 13 months following the death of a loved one
    • Grief Support Group for those experiencing loss related to death
    • Virtual CentraCare Hospice Remembrance Service
    • Online Book of Life to honor our loved ones
  • A team comprised of various specialists (physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors, massage therapists, hospice volunteers, home health aides and rehabilitation therapists) that address a wide range of needs.
  • A variety of services that enhance comfort and quality of life, such as music therapy, massage therapy, healing touch, pet therapy and recordable books. See the St. Cloud Times article about music therapy during the pandemic.
  • Partnership with We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed in partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs, ensures that we care for veterans in a manner that’s appropriate and customized.

“The We Honor Veterans ceremony held the day he passed meant so much to us.” ~ Family of Andy Oravetz

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A referral to hospice can be made for all ages by the patient’s health care provider, the patient or family members. Family members and significant others assume primary responsibility for patient care.

Do you have questions about the differences between home care, palliative care and hospice care and when each might be appropriate? View a comparison of services chart (PDF)

A Song is Somewhere to Begin: Music-Inspired Grief Support

CentraCare Hospice board-certified music therapists present a virtual and unique grief support experience — share this video with your friends and family and enjoy a sample of healing through word and song.

Email to learn more about future events like this.

Thank you for supporting CentraCare Hospice, whose services are possible because of community support.

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