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Allina Health Home Care Services: home health and hospice services in Owatonna
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We're part of a network of compassionate care, support and comfort to people with advanced illness or at the end-of-life and the loved ones caring for them.
Allina Health Hospice is largest not-for-profit hospice in Minnesota, serving over 3,000 patients and family members a year. We provide over 48,000 visits a year.
Allina Health Home Care Services provides comfort, support, and compassionate care for patients needing rehabilitation, advanced illness or end-of-life care and the loved ones who care for them.
Allina Health Home Care Services and the Owatonna Homestead Hospice House are located on 26th Street exit in Owatonna, off Interstate 35.
Our mission is to honor the wishes of patients and families and in doing so bring peace, dignity and comfort 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hospice care is for anyone with a life-limiting illness and whose life expectancy is determined to be six months or less if the disease runs it natural course.
Our team focuses on enhancing quality of life wherever terminally ill patients call home, through expert pain and symptom care along with emotional, social and spiritual support. Hospice care is offered wherever the patient calls home, Owatonna Homestead Hospice House, hospital or a skilled nursing facility.
It can be stressful caring for older loved ones who want to stay independent. Home health services help by keeping patients in the comfort of their homes while receiving high quality care. Allina Health has four service regions for its home health services, including the one in Owatonna.
Allina Health Home Care Services offers programs in Steele County and neighboring counties. The service area also includes Faribault, Northfield, Waseca and New Richland. With a doctor's referral, almost all services are covered by insurance.
"We have a very experienced staff and serve 25 to 30 home health patients every day," said Bill Donovan, manager of the Owatonna area program. "Our care team includes nurse case managers, home health aides and social workers. We have physical and speech therapists and an occupational therapist from Sister Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute — Owatonna. Some staff members have been with us for more than a decade."
Recently, the quality of that care was recognized when Allina Health was named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite™, which comprises the top 25 percent of all U.S. home health providers. The honor came from OCS HomeCare, an organization that measures the performance of home health and hospice agencies.
Throughout the Owatonna area, our skilled nurse case managers take a family-centered approach, regularly visiting patients' homes. The nurses organize the services patients receive at home and coordinate their care with doctors and other health care professionals. They also track medicine use and help with wound care.
Palliative care is available to anyone who is in any stage of a chronic or advanced illness. It's for people who are being treated for cancer or other serious diseases. Palliative care treats pain and other physical symptoms, as well as emotional and spiritual concerns. It helps patients and their families understand their illness and treatment choices, as well as address financial and community resource options.
Patients may choose to receive palliative care services at home, in the clinic or hospital, or in other types of care settings.
Advance care planning is intentional conversations with someone about your wishes for medical care. This takes away the guess work from your future caregivers.
It provides information that others need to know if you become unable to make decisions due to a medical condition that leaves you unable to speak for yourself. It allows you to communicate the kind of care you want and the kind of care you do not want, leaving no questions about your care. When you put these wishes in writing, this kind of plan is called an advance directive.
Hospice Honors™ award
Allina Health Hospice in Owatonna has been recognized as one of just 100 hospice programs in the nation that continually provides the highest levels of satisfaction to caregivers of hospice patients. The program received a Hospice Honors™ award from Deyta, an industry leader in data-driven management.
The annual awards are based on Family Satisfaction Scores, which are determined using responses to 37 questions by the hospice patients' family members.
"I couldn’t be more proud of the Owatonna hospice team," said Bill Donovan, manager of Allina Health Home Care Services, Owatonna. "Team members see their work as a calling and their high-quality service focuses on comfort, care and family support."
Homestead Hospice House
Homestead Hospice House
Map and directions
Homestead Hospice House is a residential hospice located in Owatonna that provides personalized care in a welcoming home environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Eight private patient rooms and generous community areas are specifically designed for the needs of patients and caregivers.
Homestead means "a dwelling place; the place where one resides and lives; a restful and safe place; a sacred refuge; a place familiar and comfortable."
The name was suggested by hospice volunteer, Susan Earlywine.
How you can support the Owatonna Homestead Hospice House
You can donate to the Allina Health Home Care Services patient care fund or Homestead Hospice House through a variety of ways including:
Funds raised in Owatonna and surrounding service area stay in the community. For more information on how you can support please call 507-446-0936.
Hospice volunteer opportunities
Volunteering with hospice has many rewards for you as well as the patients and families that we serve right here in the Owatonna community. We offer a variety of opportunities utilizing your special talents and skills.
We rely on volunteers and need your help.
"I feel very positive about my experiences. I look forward to my volunteer time and have enjoyed working with so many wonderful people. This has been very grounding and valuable for me."
Mary, hospice volunteer
Direct patient volunteers
Hospice volunteers are sensitive, respectful and caring individuals with a desire to help patients and their families. There are numerous ways that volunteers can help, such as staying with a patient while a caregiver has a chance to take a break, visiting, or doing errands for the family.
Being a hospice volunteer enables you to help others at a special time in their life, build your skills, and experience a great deal of self satisfaction. Eighteen hours of free training, flexibility, ongoing support and education are provided.
To become a direct patient volunteer, complete and submit the direct patient volunteer application.
Volunteer wish list
Current hospice volunteers:
A place of peace
June 24, 2011, was the day that husband, father, grandfather and businessman Warren Shevlin, 86, passed away. He had undergone seven hours of surgery to remove cancer. Shevlin’s recovery started well, but eventually his body began to shut down. Shevlin said no to dialysis or any further treatment. He was transferred to Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna, where he spent the last day of his life surrounded by his wife, five daughters, grandchildren and sons-in-law.
“The hospice staff guided our family through this journey with grace, knowledge and compassionate love,” recalled Shevlin’s daughter, Joan Chavie of Faribault. “When Dad passed away, the hospice chaplain became our spiritual guide. She will forever be in our family’s loving hearts.”
A special family memory is of the white dove that was placed on Shevlin’s door as a symbol of his passing.
“Our family wanted to do something to honor the place where Dad’s body and spirit separated,” Chavie said. They decided to make a donation to Homestead Hospice House’s new Memory Path.
The Memory Path is 36 feet long, with plans for a circular extension around the patio area and into the woods. It consists of brick-like pavers made from recycled materials. Bricks can be purchased and engraved with a name or other message for $50 each.
Shevlin’s family visits the Memory Path when they can.
“It’s such a wonderful area, with the artistry of how they lay the bricks so that everyone has a space,” Chavie said. “The path is like a garden, with benches that invite you to sit and be at peace.”
Source: Healthy Communities magazine, winter 2013 issue
First Published: 12/03/2012
Last Reviewed: 12/03/2012