Hospice Services

iStock_FB_long stem sunflower“Most families wished they had come to us sooner. No one has ever told us they should have waited. Hospice redefines hope.”

– Markey Butler, R.N., MHSA, Executive Director

What is Hospice?

Hospice is an approach in end-of-life care that believes that individuals with life-limiting medical conditions should be made as comfortable as possible physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Hospice care can be provided at home, at an assisted living facility, at a long-term care setting, or even at a hospital.

Tell Me About Your Services

Every life is unique; therefore care needs to be individually tailored to a patient’s wishes.

Hospice affirms life and views death as a natural process. Our purpose is to focus on the comfort of the patient rather than on the disease or its treatment.

Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or as needed. A Registered Nurse is always available to talk with you or members of your family.

Our Hospice Care Team can provide medication and relief for nausea and other symptoms as well as medical supplies and equipment to help manage symptoms and relieve pain.

Will My Insurance Pay for Hospice Care?

Hospice is a Medicare/Medicaid “inclusive” benefit that provides for more care at little or no cost to eligible patients.

We work with all insurances to obtain as much coverage as possible for Hospice services. Hospice care can be provided in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, or in your home.

What are the Most Common Questions About Hospice?

The most common concerns patients express are fear of becoming a burden to others, loss of control, loss of dignity, and the loss of their ability to make decisions.

We promise to help guide you and your family in any way we can.

When is it time for Hospice?

You and your physician can decide when Hospice care is the right choice and we can help you choose which Hospice service best meets the needs of you and your family.

• When medical treatment will no longer cure disease.

• When symptoms are increasingly uncomfortable or difficult to manage.

• When pain is not well controlled and illness requires constant medical attention.

• When activities of daily living have become difficult

• When frequent hospitalizations occur with uncontrolled symptoms.

We provide services to individuals who are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness who have a prognosis of six months or less to live. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley cares for not only you, but also those whom you love.

We will keep you and your loved ones comfortable and supported, and allow you to experience life’s final stage with comfort and dignity.

Who Will Take Care of Me or My Loved One?

Our Hospice Team Includes:

• Your Personal Physician

• Hospice Medical Director

• Registered Nurses

• Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s)

• Social Workers

• Chaplains

• Dieticians

• Physical, Speech & Occupational Therapists

• Volunteers

• Bereavement Counselors


Is Hospice of the Valley a Medicare-Certified Hospice?

Yes, and we are rated with more than 1,200 other state and national Hospices, and are ranked as one of the top Hospices in the State of Colorado and nationally.

We also rate 100% in these and other areas of patient care:

• Clients who would recommend us to others.

• Coordination of patient care.

• Management of pain and end-of-life symptoms.


Here is What Some of Clients Have Said About Hospice:

“The choice of Hospice allowed my mother to be the author of her own end-of-life story.”

“My husband used to call me Wonder Woman, but I could not have taken care of him on my own.”

“Hospice was able to keep our 17-year-old son comfortable so he could fish and do all the things he loved right up until the end.”

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

Tell Me About Hospice of the Valley

Known as “Our Community’s Hospice,” we are a non-profit organization, governed by a Board of Directors who live and work in communities throughout our service area.

Start-up funding for HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley came from Aspen Valley Hospital, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, and Valley View Hospital who formed Hospice of the Valley in 2008.

In December 2009, Vail Valley Medical Center requested that Hospice of the Valley assume owner­ship of the 20-year-old Mountain Hospice program.

We provide care to patients who meet Hospice criteria regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, religious creed, disability, diagnosis, or ability to pay.


Annual Report 2018

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