End of Life Care
Providing quality, compassionate end-of-life care at the Iowa Veterans Home has long been a priority. An internal interdisciplinary End of Life Care Committee strives to provide education to unit teams. Unit teams promote excellence in care giving and support to meet the unique physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of residents and their families who face distressing symptoms and/or life-threatening illnesses. Emphasis is placed on pain and symptom relief and on implementing measures that will enhance the resident’s quality of life.
Services provided to our residents and their families
Educational materials that help families understand the resources available as well as information to assist them in understanding the changing nutritional and emotional needs at the end of life and what to expect in the dying process.
Promotes dignified care that focuses attention on meeting the resident's physical, emotional, and comfort needs as staff check on resident every hour or more as needed.
Complimentary Housing and Meals
Are provided to families in attendance with residents in the final stage of life.
A comfortable room designated for families and friends that provides a quiet home-like atmosphere with many comforts, including a microwave, coffee pot, TV/VCR, kid's toys, etc.
Serenity Suite and Comfort Corner
Comfort Corner and Serenity Suite – These are two rooms on the main floor of the Dack building that are available for families of actively dying residents. They are located near the East entrance to the Dack building. Comfort Corner is Suite #1 This room is furnished with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot. Serenity Suite #2 provides comfortable sleeping quarters for families. Arrangements for lodging may be made through any IRCC team member.
IVH Chaplains are attentive to the spiritual needs of our residents and their families, providing support, bereavement services, and memorial services when desired.