N. C. Little Hospice - Frequently Asked Questions
How long has the Little Hospice been in existence?
We opened our doors in 1996 and are the longest serving residential hospice in the State of Minnesota.
How many patients have you cared for?
As of 2012, we have cared for over 3,000 patients and numerous families.
How is the Little Hospice staffed?
Our staffing is what makes the Little Hospice so strong. Nurses and other staff are hired for their competence and their compassion. Clinical skills are important, but hospice work requires tenderness, kindness, gentleness and love. Our hospice staff exudes these qualities. Because of the acuity of our patients, we staff mostly Registered Nurses and there are at least two nurses on duty around the clock. Our staffing is far above the industry standard.
Are there other staff personnel?
Our Interdisciplinary Team is composed of a Director, Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator, Social Worker, House Manager, Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator.
Are you a non-profit organization?
Yes, we are a 501c(3) organization, believing in the value of providing care without a concern about a monetary return on investment for anyone. All donations to the N. C. Little Hospice are tax deductible.
What is the cost of care at the Little Hospice?
The patient daily rate is $460.00 per day.
However, the value received surpasses what we charge each patient. Our actual cost per patient is approximately $500 per day. This shortfall is paid by the generosity of the community, individuals, foundations, as well as numerous families who name the Little Hospice in their memorials.
How many patients are at the Little Hospice?
There are 8 private patient rooms in our double bungalow home.
What is the average length of stay at the Little Hospice?
The average patient is at the Little Hospice less than two weeks. However, families and patients often say they wish they had come sooner.
What are your visiting hours?
There are no visiting restrictions at the Little Hospice. We are open around the clock and at least two nurses are always on duty for the patient care and family questions.
Can pets visit?
Yes, pets are welcome to visit under the supervision of their owners. There is great comfort in the love of a family pet.
How did we get the name for N.C. Little Memorial Hospice?
Little Hospice opened in 1996 and is dedicated to the memory of Newton C. Little, a local man who died in a nursing home in 1992. He and his wife, Violet, spent their lives helping others.
N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, Inc.
7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435
PHONE: (952) 928-9394 FAX: (952) 925-3578