Tabitha Hospice

Tabitha Hospice


Despite enormous medical advances, too many Americans still die alone or in pain. Too many endure costly and ineffective treatments. Too many come to hospice too late, or not at all. 80 percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but fewer than 25 percent do. However, of those with hospice care, 75 percent die at home.

Tabitha Hospice is the gold standard for quality, compassionate, end-of-life care. A team approach combining expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support, hospice care allows each individual to spend his or her final months to the fullest—with dignity and the minimal amount of pain.

Established in 1979, Tabitha Hospice was a pioneer in hospice care and today is the longest-running hospice program in Nebraska. For decades we have gained the trust of families and health care providers.

Like all of Tabitha's Elder care services, Tabitha Hospice is motivated by Christian compassion, not economic gain. We are a not-for-profit hospice care provider. Unlike many of our for-profit competitors, we do not have to focus on generating profits for our shareholders. Instead, we focus on helping those we care for make the most of their lives.

Tom’s Story

Tom’s wife was shocked. “You’re not ready to die,” she replied. “No,” he explained, “but that’s not all hospice is for. We need hospice now so our family can better enjoy the time together we have remaining, instead of always worrying about my care.”

Tom was right, and his Tabitha Hospice team took care of much of Tom’s personal care, helped with light homemaking and encouraged the family to do special things together, which may not have been possible without the caring, compassionate support of Tabitha Hospice.

Bonnie’s Story

With a poor prognosis, Bonnie decided not to undergo chemotherapy or risky surgery. For Bonnie, “hospice” never was a scary word. She had seen the compassionate care given by the Tabitha Hospice team to both her mother and uncle, and when it came time to face her final journey, she knew she and her family were in good hands. Though weakened by illness, not even her body betrayed the spirit Bonnie had embraced all her life. 

Because of her decision, Bonnie was able to enjoy the last several months of her life more fully. She was able to spend quality, pain-free time with her family and friends, and do more of the things that were important to her during her final days.

“Tabitha Hospice opened the lines of communication for Bonnie and her family to make decisions and focus on the things that mattered most to her,” Jennifer, Bonnie's Tabitha Hospice nurse, said. “Bonnie’s story is a beautiful example of the invaluable purpose Tabitha Hospice fulfills for all our clients facing the end of life.” 


Part of what made our experience so rewarding, was Tabitha’s constant dedication to educating us about—and more importantly, living up to—the hospice philosophy of focusing not on death, but on life. 

Larry, son of Tabitha Hospice client

Why Tabitha

Tabitha Hospice clients and families are supported through:

  • Care planning leadership from our hospice medical director
  • 24/7 nursing staff to monitor symptoms and medications, coordinate communications and serve as educational resources
  • Emotional and spiritual support and counseling from a team including mental health professionals, social workers and pastoral staff
  • Home health services from qualified aides
  • Non-medical home support including personal care and light housekeeping
  • Trained, caring volunteers to provide assistance through companionship, respite care and help with everyday tasks
  • Professional therapists who provide, when needed, physical, occupational and speech therapy treatments
  • Bereavement counseling available to family members up to 18 months following a death

The Tabitha Hospice medical director works with your loved one's physician to develop a plan for optimum pain relief and symptom management. The medical director will intervene to assure delivery of appropriate treatment to support your loved one's care plan, within established hospice guidelines.

Early engagement with the Tabitha Hospice interdisciplinary team helps individuals enjoy the things they care about most and pursue final wishes and goals.

Although not a primary caregiver, the Tabitha Hospice team reduces the stress of caring for a terminally ill loved one by providing nursing, emotional and spiritual support, medical planning and advance-directive help, and many other resources to ease the challenges of caregiving. Care is provided throughout 28 southeast Nebraska counties, wherever you call home. 


Want to learn more about Tabitha’s renowned, compassionate hospice care? Tell us a little about yourself and your situation, and we’ll connect you with the Tabitha resources that best fit your own or your loved one’s aging journey.

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