Welcome to Visiting Nurse


To me, hospice is more than just a medical term: it’s a philosophy that everyone deserves dignity and compassion when faced with a life-limiting illness. At Visiting Nurse, we care for every patient with an individualized plan of care. We learn what’s most important to them and help to support them on their journey. We ensure that each patient and their family are treated with respect and love.

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Eric Klimes, CEO Visiting Nurse

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people served in 2016


Hospice care is a comprehensive program of care led by a team of medical experts that allows individuals and their families to focus on living life as fully as possible. More than 1.6 million Americans received hospice care in 2015, yet there is much misinformation about how hospice care can help dying patients. Read on to learn the truth about hospice care.

More Common Myths
No. It is care for any life-limiting illness, including but not limited to cancer, COPD, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, ALS, cardiac/heart disease, lung disease, renal failure, liver disease, and many others.
When the patient is no longer seeking curative treatment and comfort is the primary goal.
Hospice care is available for those patients with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease process runs its normal course. The earlier care begins, the greater the benefits to the entire family.
Referrals are accepted from the patient, a family member, the patient’s physician, a hospital, a long-term care or assisted-living facility, clergy, a friend or a community agency or other referral source.
Once the call is made, admission can be the same day.

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Upcoming Events.

6:00 pm Grief Support Group
Grief Support Group
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
For any loss due to death. Held at Ivy Tech’s Aviation Center at Smith Field, 405 West Cook Road, Fort ... Read More
6:00 pm Auburn Grief Support Group @ YMCA of DeKalb County
Auburn Grief Support Group @ YMCA of DeKalb County
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
For any loss due to death.
5:30 pm Lutheran Hospital Grief Support ... @ Lutheran Hospital
Lutheran Hospital Grief Support ... @ Lutheran Hospital
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
For any loss due to death. Held in the Kachmann Mind/Body Institute. Get directions from the front desk.
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Our Facility.

Visiting Nurse provides the only free-standing inpatient hospice unit in the region. Our 14 beds are used by patients whose symptoms may need more intensive treatment than can be managed in the home or who may be admitted for respite care. Our facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and visitors are welcome at any time.

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