Number 1-Ranked Hospice Again

Thanks to everyone who voted for Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties in the Ottumwa Courier's "Best of Southern Iowa 2022" listings. We are proud to be the top-rated Hospice in the area for another year. The Hospice staff is humbled and honored that you allow us to provide care to your loved ones.


Hospice Bereavement Groups are meeting

Several Hospice Bereavement Groups have resumed meeting. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend these groups.

The Hospice "Men’s Coffee Support Group" gathers 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. Come for coffee or breakfast and to talk.



The "Walk and Talk Support Group" meets every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in front of the former JC Penney store at Quincy Place Mall in Ottumwa. 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.


The "Evening Supper Group" meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Pizza Ranch in Ottumwa. In the event of questionable weather, call (641) 682-0684 to see if the group is meeting. This activity open to anyone who is grieving, and offers an opportunity to socialize with others who are also mourning.




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
  • CVA/Stroke
  • HIV
  • Motornuron Diseases - ALS, Huntington's Chorea, Parkinson's
Hospice Accepts Referrals From:
  • Patients
  • Family Members
  • Caregivers
  • Friends
  • Physicians
  • Anyone who knows someone with a life-limiting illness