The Trees of Hospice

November 19th, 2013   •   Comments Off   


If you have experienced a loss in your life, please join us for one of these evenings of remembrance. Those who wish to make a donation in remembrance of a loved one will receive a handcrafted ornament. All donations go directly to Hospice of the Valley to provide hospice services throughout the valley.

Please Join Us
December 3 – Grand River Hospital, Rifle, 5:30 pm
December 4 – Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, 5:30 pm
December 5 – Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs, 5:30 pm
December 10 – The Little Nell, Aspen, 5:30 pm
December 11 – Colorado Mountain College, Edwards, 6:00 pm

This is a unique way to celebrate and remember the lives of friends or family members who have touched our lives. Those who wish to make a donation to Hospice of the Valley will receive a handcrafted ornament as a keepsake. We will read the name(s) of those you wish to honor at the location(s) you designate as we light the “Trees of Hospice” in their memory.

All donations go directly to Hospice of the Valley to ensure excellent and compassionate care for those in our community. Please know that by donating, you help another family through the hospice journey.

Honoring a hero

November 19th, 2013   •   Comments Off   



KELLEY COX / KCOX@POSTINDEPENDENT.COM U.S. Marine veteran Clifford “Skitch” Rounsefell, left, was honored for his service to this country by members of the We Honor Veterans on Friday at the Grace Healthcare center in Glenwood Springs. We Honor Veterans is an organization connected with Hospice of the Valley. Also shown are Marie Maloney with Hospice, and U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Dick Merritt of Basalt. See Sunday’s Post Independent for related story.

Veterans Day thanks

November 19th, 2013   •   Comments Off   



Richard Johnson and Sean Goodman, members of the Colorado Army National Guard, present a We Honor Veterans certificate to Glenwood Springs resident and veteran Buck Buckmaster. The honor was given as part of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley’s thanking veteran hospice patients for their service. Standing behind Buckmaster is his daughter, Connie Bunch, and to the right is Laura Guerrero, registered nurse.

Honoring a Rifle veteran

November 19th, 2013   •   Comments Off   



Honoring a Rifle veteran Leigh Vogel/Contributed Photo From left, Richard Johnson and Sean Goodman of the Colorado Army National Guard present a “We Honor Veterans” certificate to Rifle resident Ray Petree, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. The honor was given as part of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley’s program to thank veteran hospice patients for their service.

5 Facts About Hospice Care

August 25th, 2013   •   Comments Off   

One thing we hear most from our families is, “We wish we would have known that we could have called you sooner.”

Here are five facts about hospice care that might help you or a loved one understand the philosophy of hospice.iStock_FB_long stem sunflower

1.  Hospice is a compassionate concept of care.

2.  It’s not about giving up, it’s about surrounding you or your loved one  with the support you need to manage symptoms and pain in the comfort of your own home or any location where the patient has chosen to live.

3.  We don’t do anything to make death come earlier; we help ease the burden on the primary caregiver and focus on keeping the patient as comfortable as possible.

4.  We believe in the quality of life. Hospice is about having peace, comfort and support in the last season of life.

5.  People tend to think hospice is a last resort, but statistics show it is most effective when people call us earlier.

Our home care and hospice programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for those who are struggling with serious health issues.

We offer 24/7 home care and hospice services in an area that covers 6,600 miles in the communities throughout the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal, and Eagle River valleys.

Call us at 970-927-6650 for more information on our services.

Join Us for “Savour the Journey” in Aspen

August 4th, 2013   •   Comments Off   

Hospice of the Valley, a division of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, will hold a fundraiser on Sun., Aug. 11th, 2013 at the Little Nell in Aspen.

“We’re the only nonprofit provider of hospice in the valley,” said Executive Director Markey Butler, R.N., MHSA. “We serve anyone who needs care regardless of their ability to pay. Our fundraisers help keep hospice services available to our community.”

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:



All proceeds from the event go directly towards providing hospice services in the community.

Hospice of the Valley serves the terminally ill and their families in the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal, and Eagle River Valleys.

For more information on the event, click here or  call Andrea at (970) 279-5509 or e-mail Tickets are $150



What Are Your Health Care Wishes?

July 30th, 2013   •   Comments Off   

As Hospice and palliative care providers, we know how important it is for families to make their wishes known to loved ones regardless of age or health status.

We find that families who take the time to plan and have those important conversations before a serious illness often find reassurance and comfort in knowing what is important to a loved one.Father and Daughter_istock photo

We like to stress the importance to our patients and their families about talking openly about the care they would or would not want if ever faced with a serious medical condition or life-limiting illness.

We suggest completing an advance directive (also known as a living will) and appointing a healthcare power of attorney (someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself).

It’s best not to assume that your doctor or your loved ones know what your healthcare priorities are.

For more information please contact us at 970-927-6650 or email us at

Home Care: The Help You Need

July 16th, 2013   •   Comments Off   

HomeCare of the Valley offers private duty nursing by certified nursing aides or personal care assistants. Care provided is a 2-hour minimum to 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Here are some of the services we offer:senior woman having breakfast with home care in the background

  • * Bathing and helping with personal hygiene
  • * Assistance with toileting or ostomy care
  • * Changing bed linens
  • * Assistance with feeding
  • * Shopping and meal preparation
  • * Medication reminders
  • * Assistance with transfers
  • * Accompanying the patient  to medical appointments
  • * Basic household errands

Some insurances cover personal care services. Examples of coverage might be found in long-term insurance policies, specialized insurance programs covered by the employer, or other supplemental policies purchased by the patient/family.

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley serves those who reside in any of the local communities in the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal, and Eagle River Valleys.

Little Nell to Host Hospice Fundraiser in Aspen

July 8th, 2013   •   Comments Off   

Please join us Sunday, August 11th from 6-8 p.m. at the Little Nell in Aspen for our summer fundraiser.

Help us celebrate the people, the moments, and the things that make life a journey to savour.

All proceeds go directly to Hospice of the Valley to provide hospice care to our community.

Click here for more information: Life is a Journey. Savour It.

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How to Hire a Hospice Agency

July 1st, 2013   •   Comments Off   

If you are looking for a hospice agency, we suggest calling to evaluate their services and identify the most appropriate organization for your needs.

If you are looking for a hospice provider, here is a checklist of questions you may want to ask.

  1. senior woman having breakfast with home care in the background1.    Are you a non-profit hospice?
  2. 2.    How long have you served our community?
  3. 3.    Are you Medicare and Medicaid certified?
  4. 4.    Are you state certified?
  5. 5.    What kind of support is available to the family/caregiver?
  6. 6.    What does the hospice volunteer do?
  7. 7.    How do you work to keep the patient comfortable?
  8. 8.    How are services provided after hours?
  9. 9.    How and where do you provide short-term inpatient care?
  10. 10.  Which nursing homes or assisted living facilities do you work with?
  11. 11.   How long does it typically take you to admit someone once the request for services is made?
  12. 12.   When will the nurse make the first visit?

Hospice of the Valley in Basalt and Edwards is the only  local, non-profit provider of hospice services.

Call us today at 970-927-6650 for more information.