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 live out the remainder of their lives at home, but fewer than 25 percent do. However, of those with hospice care, 75 percent are able to finish their life's journey 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 choice.
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 local 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.
A Conversation about Hospice
For more information about hospice, please watch this video from the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association, featuring Tabitha President and CEO Christie Hinrichs.
We Honor Veterans
Serving those who have served our country is a privilege. In addition to our Hospice services, Tabitha is a Level-Three We Honor Veterans Partner to serve the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families.
Tabitha collaborates with local community organizations to host pinning ceremonies to honor those who have served our country. This celebration may be attended by a Tabitha social worker, nurse, chaplain and/or volunteer coordinator. Our ceremony is tailored to meet the needs of the Veteran including requests for private ceremonies. We recognize Veterans by providing them with a pin and a certificate that reflects their branch of service. Prayers, uplifting songs and poems are shared while surrounded by the love and comfort of family and friends.
Tabitha aims to make dreams come true for Elders, and in doing so, improving the quality of their lives in ways medicine alone cannot. Our program gives you and your loved one the opportunity to have an experience that otherwise may not be possible. This may include having a friend brought to the bedside for a few final moments of comfort or visiting an old neighborhood full of cherished memories. The Tabitha Foundation works alongside our hospice team by coordinating these last wishes to help Elders live life to the fullest.
Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program
If you or your loved one would like to be visited by another Veteran, our hospice volunteer coordinators can arrange this for you. These volunteers are specifically trained to work with clients under hospice care.
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.
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.”
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? Contact a Tabitha Continuum Navigator today or call 402.486.8520 for more information. We’ll connect you with the Tabitha resources that best fit your own or your loved one’s aging journey.