Visiting Nurse at Golden Years Homestead

Comfort for patients and families

  • Special sofa beds in each room
  • All private rooms with private bathrooms
  • Quiet space for reflection
  • Family gathering area with a home-like feel
  • Respite care available
  • Volunteers to provide companionship
  • Wi-Fi available

Visiting Nurse has been providing comprehensive support for those who are seriously ill in Northeast Indiana since 1888. Visiting Nurse has several programs to meet the needs of patients and families including home health, palliative care, hospice services and grief support.

Golden Years Homestead is a premier continuing care retirement community that has served the greater Fort Wayne area since 1979. Golden Years has options to support the needs of residents and families including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities to support health and memory care needs.

Visiting Nurse and Golden Years are non-profit organizations partnering together with an emphasis on doing what is best for residents, patients and their families.

A new option for patients in need
Visiting Nurse has opened a 5-bed unit at Golden Years Homestead, located on the Northeast side of Fort Wayne at 3136 Goeglein Road, staffed around the clock by Visiting Nurse staff providing high-quality and patient-focused hospice care. Patients are eligible for care at Visiting Nurse’s unit at Golden Years after being transferred from an acute care setting or hospital if they have a prognosis of 2 weeks or less, do not have a caregiver or are in a caregiver crisis situation. Patients will have symptoms managed and controlled prior to admission to Visiting Nurse’s unit, where they will receive a routine level of hospice care.

Frequently Asked Questions
How are Visiting Nurse and Golden Years Homestead partnering together?
• Visiting Nurse has been providing comprehensive support for those who are seriously ill in Northeast Indiana since 1888. Visiting Nurse has several programs to meet the needs of patients and families including home health, palliative care, hospice services and grief support. Golden Years Homestead is a premier continuing care retirement community that has served the greater Fort Wayne area since 1979. Golden Years has options to support the needs of residents and families including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities to support health and memory care needs. Both Visiting Nurse and Golden Years Homestead are non-profit organizations who both have an emphasis on doing what is best for residents, patients and their families.
Where is it located?
• In November 2018, Visiting Nurse opened the Hospice Unit at Golden Years Homestead in partnership to further extend Visiting Nurse’s continuum of care and meet the needs of our community.
Who will use Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit at Golden Years?
• The 5 bed in-patient unit will assist individuals who are currently in a hospital setting, who have a prognosis of 2 weeks or less, who do not have a caregiver, or are in a caregiver crisis situation.
• Visiting Nurse may also use these beds for hospice respite stays as well.
How is Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit different from Hospice Home?
• Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Home is located on the Southwest side of the Fort Wayne community and specifically provides support for hospice patients who are having symptoms that cannot be managed in their home. Patients who are transported to the Visiting Nurse Hospice Unit at Golden Years will have symptoms that are controlled and will fit the criteria specific for admission.
Who provides the care in Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit?
• Visiting Nurse’s experienced and skilled staff members will provide 24-hour care for individuals who are residing in the 5 bed unit. An interdisciplinary team made up of trained hospice physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, home health aides, non-denominational chaplains, social workers, music therapists and volunteers will collaborate to provide the patient and the family with the best care and support possible.
What are the costs to stay at Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit?
• Hospice services are paid through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit and most private insurers. Visiting Nurse is a non-profit, community based organization that provides care for individuals regardless of their ability to pay for services.
What is the Admission Criteria for Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit?
• The patient must be hospitalized in an acute care hospital or Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC).
• The level of care required to support the patient is considered “routine” hospice care.
• There are no uncontrollable symptoms to be managed at the time of discharge from the hospital setting.
• Life-expectancy for the patient will be approximately 2 weeks or less.
• The patient has limited or no options for caregiving support in any other setting.
• Once transferred to Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit, the patient will be admitted to Visiting Nurse’s hospice service.
What ongoing assessment will occur with the patient?
• Visiting Nurse’s clinical staff will evaluate the patient each day to determine if the current level of care is appropriate to meet their particular needs. If the patient improves, and prognosis changes, Visiting Nurse social workers will assist the patient and the family in seeking alternative placement.
What does Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit provide?
• A private room for each patient with private bathrooms.
• Quiet space for reflection
• A family gathering area with a home-like feel
• Wi-Fi available
• Dining area for families to use
How do I learn more about Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Unit?
• Call (260) 435-3222 to learn more about this program and additional services provided by Visiting Nurse. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions.

Visiting Nurse provides compassionate care to all persons regardless of race, age, creed, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. Translation services are available.

3136 Goeglein Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

To reach Visiting Nurse at Golden Years:
260-748-6488