Cass County Health Department

Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice and Cass County Teen REACH

Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice has been caring for local patients and their families for over 20 years, proudly providing compassionate care during the end stages of an incurable disease. Many are not clear about hospice care.

Patients can be admitted to the hospice program if they have physician authorization and they have a life expectancy of nearly 6 months or less with a goal of comfort care rather than curative care. Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice admits patients in Cass, Schuyler, Brown, Morgan and Scott counties.

Hospice care seeks to provide medically managed pain and symptom control in the patient’s home or nursing home. Support is also given for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and their family members. On-call support is available to patients 24 hours a day, as well. Hospice is about living. It is a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity and support for people in the final phase of a terminal illness.

Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Schroeder directs patient care, assisted by other staff tending to activities of daily living, providing emotional support and information, companionship and comfort support for all denominations without judgment. Patients who are admitted to the hospice program will never receive a bill and once a patient has passed, our bereavement support services continue for a full 13 months. These services can include telephone calls, cards, notes, or visits from our staff and volunteers.

The Teen REACH program is an after-school and summer program targeting at-risk youth in the Beardstown and Virginia school districts. It offers five core services year round:

• Improving academic performance – Includes time to do homework, tutoring in basic skills and enrichment programs that encourage creativity.

• Life skills education – To help prevent a range of risky behaviors, such as substance use, criminal involvement, and violence.

• Parental involvement – So that parents and guardians have opportunities to meet with staff to discuss their children’s activities and to participate in events that strengthen parent/child bonds and community involvement.

• Recreation, sports, cultural and artistic activities – To provide safe outlets for the participants to try new skills, develop new interests, and build friendships.

• Positive adult mentors – To allow opportunities for participants to develop and maintain positive, sustained relationships with adults through mentoring and other programs that emphasize one-on-one interactions.

• Community service – Youth participating in Teen REACH programs are given the opportunity to participate in community service activities each year.

The Teen Reach program is currently not funded as of June 30, 2017. The Cass County Health Department (CCHD) hopes that a notice of funding opportunity will be received soon and the program will be back up and running. Other services provided by CCHD include primary and dental care services, home health, WIC, and a variety of public health services such as health screening clinics.

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