"I first came to know Good Samaritan Society – Home Care and Hospice for my husband, who had terminal lung and prostate cancer. I cannot say enough about the care and devotion each person showed at all times. They were great! We both felt loved and cared for and always treated with respect."
– Janice Mather
"The Good Samaritan Society hospice team helped our family during a difficult time recently when my aunt was in hospice and eventually passed away. Their open and timely communication, mutual respect and unconditional regard for every person/situation was appreciated. The aftercare by Social Worker Staci Beto was above and beyond expectations. I would recommend this team to anyone who may need this kind of help in the Brainerd, Minnesota, area.”
– Julie L. Turtle
Good Samaritan Hospice is the only not-for-profit, faith-based hospice in the Brainerd Lakes area. Hospice services are provided wherever you call home, whether home is a nursing home, assisted living residence, group home, or a family member's home.
Hospice is not about giving up hope, but rather focusing on quality of life at the end of life. Hospice services are for those with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, if the illness runs its normal course. Don’t let that scare you. We know that only 40 percent of all people eligible for hospice actually access this benefit, meaning 60 percent of hospice eligible clients are not benefitting from hospice services.
Hospice services help decrease cost, offer emotional support to you and your loved ones, focus on pain management, and help make life as enjoyable as possible with what time is left.
Hospice services are best when accessed sooner than later, and anyone can refer someone to hospice; that means that not only doctors but family members and friends can refer someone as well.
Our service area
Good Samaritan Society – Hospice serves the Brainerd Lakes and surrounding areas. We cover a 60-mile radius from our Nisswa office.
Good Samaritan Society – Hospice has an interdisciplinary team that focuses on holistic care. Not only do we manage physical symptoms, but we also provide emotional and spiritual support.
We offer visits from a registered nurse who manages your care and is experienced with making sure comfort is a priority.
Our registered nurses have backgrounds in critical care, surgical care, urgent care, urology and pediatric care, making them very knowledgeable,and very capable of caring for each client’s specific needs.
Additional services include home visits from a nurse practitioner and home health aide services to assist with bathing and light housekeeping.
Social workers provide emotional support for our clients and their loved ones and are able to assist with financial concerns. Our chaplain can offer prayer, spiritual guidance and support. Medical directors collaborate with our team and are experts in hospice care.
Volunteers provide companionship, caregiver respite breaks, musical therapy and pet therapy; assist in reading to our clients or writing notes to friends and family; assist with hobbies; and may help with light snack preparation for your loved ones. (See the photo gallery below for pictures of our volunteers.)
What else does hospice include?
Hospice covers all durable medical equipment needed. Hospice covers all medications associated with the diagnosis, including pain medication. We also offer many other services such as:
Good Samaritan Society – Hospice strives to offer many other services. We now have Legacy Memoirs, which is a life review that is video recorded or tape recorded to share with your loved ones. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Coming soon will be our celebration of life to make memories with family and friends before the end of life.