Men's Coffee Support Group back to meeting
The Hospice "Men’s Coffee Support Group" has resumed meeting on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 at Riverside Family Restaurant, 1317 E. Mary St. in Ottumwa. This group is primarily for men who are widowed, and provides a great place to meet other men who have experienced a similar loss. Men are welcome to come for coffee or breakfast and to talk.
Walk and Talk Group has resumed gathering
Hospice's "Walk and Talk Support Group" is meeting each Thursday mornings at 9:00 at Quincy Place Mall, in front of the former JC Penney store. After walking, refreshment time at South Hy-Vee provides a further opportunity for socializing.
This group is open to anyone who is grieving. Bereavement is one of life's most stressful events. To keep stress from building up and to increase your body's production of endorphins (brain chemicals that enhance feelings of well-being), you need to do some "body work." Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise that helps fight depression and brings increased health benefits.
Hospice still serving patients in their homes and care centers
Even though the Hospice House is closed, Hospice Serving Davis & Wapello Counties continues to deliver complete services to patients in their own homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
“Hospice’s in-home team continues to treat all Hospice patients and their families with love, dignity, and respect, and is providing patients with the highest quality of care possible,” Angie Rozenboom, Hospice Executive Director.
In regards to the closing of the Hospice House, Rozenboom said it was not a financial decision.
“This decision was based on the inability to maintain adequate staffing to meet our patients’ needs and to provide the best possible end-of-life care," she said.
“Hospice has been struggling to adequately staff both our in-home Hospice care program and our Hospice House,” Rozenboom said. “Since most of our patients receive hospice services in their own home, Hospice was forced to match our available workforce to the greatest number of patients served. Therefore, we are concentrating our efforts in the home- and care center-setting.”
The Hospice facility at 927 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in Ottumwa continues to be used as the headquarters for in-home Hospice care, bereavement services, volunteer services, and administrative offices.
Rozenboom hopes that closing the Hospice House will only be an interim solution as the non-profit organization determines the best way to meet the needs of terminally ill patients in this area.
“Our goal is to re-open Hospice House if sufficient qualified Hospice healthcare staff becomes available in our area,” she said. “We know that Hospice House holds a special place in the hearts of many patients, families, friends, volunteers, and staff. Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties, is grateful for the community’s support throughout the years, and we hope we can count on the continued support as we move forward.”
Established in 1982, Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties, has provided quality end-of-life care for more than 40 years. Hospice continues to serve all of Davis and Wapello Counties as well as the surrounding townships in Appanoose, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Monroe, and Van Buren Counties.
Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties:
- Provides support and care for those in the last phases of a life-limiting illness
- Recognizes dying as part of the normal process of living
- Affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death
- Focuses on quality of life for individuals and their caregivers
- Serves all patients, regardless of complexity of care needed or ability to pay
Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties emphasizes comfort and dignity as life nears its end. Hospice care neither hastens nor postpones death, but rather reaffirms life. Hospice care focuses on the quality of life for terminally ill individuals and their families. We put the wishes of the patient and their family first by honoring, respecting, and listening to everyone we serve. The emphasis is on comfort and caring so that the patient and the family may live their remaining time together to the fullest, according to their own wishes.
Patients and families have a choice in hospice care, but not every hospice is the same. Talk to friends and family who may have been involved with hospice care and ask about their experience. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
For the most benefit, you should consider hospice care as soon as possible after the decision has been made to seek peace and comfort rather than curative care. By working with your physician, we can determine if you qualify for Hospice and, then, develop an individualized plan of care.
"Thank you so much for the love and care you gave to our mother. We can't tell you how much that you are appreciated. It takes very special people to do what you do every day and it was not unnoticed."
Diagnoses in Hospice
- All Cancers
- Kidney Diseases - Renal Failure
- Respiratory Diseases - COPD, Emphysema
- Cardiac Disease - Heart Attack, Congestive Heart Failure
- Liver Disease - Cirrhosis, Liver Failure
- End Stage Dementia
- Motornuron Diseases - ALS, Huntington's Chorea, Parkinson's
Hospice Accepts Referrals From:
- Family Members
- Anyone who knows someone with a life-limiting illness
Number 1-Ranked Hospice in the Area
Thanks to everyone who voted for Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties in the Ottumwa Courier's "Best of Southern Iowa 2021" listings. We are proud to be the top-rated Hospice in the area. The Hospice staff is humbled and honored that you allow us to provide care to your loved ones.