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The number one thing we hear from our patients and families is “I wish we would have called Cedar Valley Hospice sooner.

Since 1979, our compassionate experts at Cedar Valley Hospice have been caring for those with an advanced illness and their families. Our team helps care for those patients wherever they reside – in their own home, care facility, hospital or our own Cedar Valley Hospice Home – with a goal of less pain and fewer visits to the hospital.  This means more time can be spent with loved ones, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Can I afford hospice care?

Yes, you can! We believe that everyone deserves hospice care at the end of life. Hospice fees are covered by Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance plans. However, no one will be denied hospice care based on an inability to pay.

“I’m not ready for hospice…”

People often say, “I’m not ready for hospice,”  Remember, hospice is not only for your final days or weeks – we can provide care for those with a life-limiting illness  and a life expectancy estimated at 6 months or less. This allows access to so many services that would not have been possible elsewhere. Plus, loved ones can just be “loved ones” and worry less about their caregiver responsibilities.

“Cedar Valley Hospice allowed me to focus on spending quality time with my mom. It was a true blessing to spend the last months of my mom’s life just loving on her, having conversations and not having to worry about anything else,” said Clint Whitcome, son.

Palliative care takes the stress away

So you’re not ready for hospice. Ok, but did you know we also offer palliative care services for those with a serious illness? Some patients on our LINK Palliative Care program have Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease, COPD or cancer. The goal of this program is to help you navigate the healthcare system. Also, you can still be seeking curative treatment. A nurse and social worker will come visit and care for you while providing medical case management.

A new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine found that among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, those who received palliative care lived, on average, almost two months longer than those who received standard care. Researchers also found that the patients receiving palliative care reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their illness.

Anyone can make a referral

Remember, anyone can make a referral to Cedar Valley Hospice or our LINK Palliative Care program. We are honored to care for your loved one and will treat them like our own! Hospice isn’t about dying, it’s about living each day to the best it can be. Contact us for additional information or to make a referral today.