The J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice is enhancing the way Allina Health Hospice provides end-of-life care in this region. By providing around-the-clock hospice care, we honor the wishes of patients who want to live the remainder of their days in a home-like setting. We also offer their loved ones the ability to step back from being the caregiver and focus on what really matters—being a family.
Beth Wedum: It's probably the most important part of dying, is to be comfortable.
Steve Robertson, chaplain: It's about helping the person see their dignity, their value and being able to share that gift with their families.
Geoff Grassle, board member, Allina Health Hospice Foundation: It's about getting the most out of the time you have left.
Amy Noble, Hospice nurse, case manager: Hospice includes so much. You learn about hospice because your experiences shape your life. When you come into hospice you meet an entire team of people. This is a journey you are on and we are on this journey with you.
Darryl Hill: Some people want to stay in their homes but that is a tremendous drain on the caregiver.
I could not give her the care she needed. That isn't fair to her. To me.
What it did is give me a little life. I tried to keep my life as normal as I could. I would see her twice a day.
Gretchen Keel, Hospice nurse: All we continue to do is hope that you can love your loved one. And we can be in the background to help in any way we can.
Noble: When you walk into the residential hospice house you will feel like you are going home. It is your home. When you go there we will welcome there as part of our family. We will take care of you just like you are one of ours.
Robertson: They will be offered a care and a commitment that is unlike anything else.
Gloria Cade, Hospice director: All of those caregiving worries, responsibilities are lifted from their shoulders onto someone else. They can still be present 24 hours a day with their loved ones but now it's as a family member not as the primary caregiver.
Grassle: Your first step in that door whether you are a patient and considering hospice or a family member in need of hospice, I think that's going to set the tone for the rest of your experience with it.
Dr. Donald Grossbach, Hospice medical director: More quality time can be spent with the patient caring for the patient's emotional needs and spiritual needs at that point rather than being so worried and bothered by the physical needs that our staff will take care of.
Robertson: I want the patient to leave knowing they have great value. Who they are, what they believe, they have tremendous value. They've made a contribution and a footprint in this life and that footprint will be left behind and it's my job to help them discover what that footprint is.
Grossbach: The hospice workers are special people. They really are. They are drawn towards hospice. It is very, very uncommon for someone to come into hospice and not want to stay there.
Cade: We are bringing that quality to them we are bringing those meaningful experiences to them at the end of life.
Noble: It's not something that leaves you, it's a part of who you are.
I literally love what I do.
Robertson: It is the greatest blessing I have ever had. These people understand what is really important in life. All the other things are peripheral. Nobody that I visited talked about the car they drive, the home they own, the money they have in the bank, the trips they took, none of that discussed. All of them, all of them talk about what has my life meant. What has my family meant to me. All of them are surrounded by family members giving them love and receiving love. That's what it's all about in the end. And I'm privileged to witness that.
Staff and families share how J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice helps them honor the wishes of patients who want to live the remainder of their days in a home-like setting.
Tour J.A. Wedum Hospice
The J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice is for people who have a life-limiting illness and need professional around-the-clock care. To learn more, call 651-635-9173 or 1-800-261-0879.
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