Hospice and Palliative Care


ImageAt life's end there is a promise of hope for the relief of pain, to be with loved ones in familiar surroundings, the dignity of choices and the quality of time.

Hospice is a not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life while respecting the patient and family's right to make decisions that affect their life and death.

The root word for hospice means friend.
Today the word hospice has come to mean a special way of caring for the terminally ill and their families.

  • Emotional and spiritual support.
  • Care for people of all ages.
  • Compassionate care wherever people live.
  • Nursing care so patients are free of pain and comfortable so they can make the most of the time that remains.
  • Hospice-trained volunteers for visitation, assistance and respite.
ImageWhat does Hospice do?
An individual plan is made for each patient to arrange for the services including:
  • Scheduled visits by the Hospice nurse.
  • Coordination with the patient's physician and with other community resources.
  • Assistance with legal and financial concerns.
  • Spiritual counseling, if desired.
  • Professional staff on call 7 days a week.
  • Teaching the family to care for the patient at home.
  • Care after the death to guide loved ones through the grief process for one year.
When should someone seek Hospice care?
When a patient realizes that cure is not probable and treatment is aimed at maintaining comfort, the hospice team can begin to help ease the physical and emotional pain for patience and families.

Who pays for Hospice Care?
Hospice services are paid for by:
  • Medicare/Medicaid Funds
  • Private Insurance
  • Personal Funds
  • Memorial Donations/Contributions
  • Hospice Fundraising Events

Hospice Services of Northwest Colorado does not discriminate as to age, race, religion, sex, nationality, color, diagnosis, handicap or ability to pay.

Hospice was founded in 1993 as a grass roots organization subsisting of 12 volunteers, 3 of which were registered nurses. In 1994 "Hospice of Steamboat Springs" was licensed by Medicare and the State of Colorado. In 1995 due to the need for a full-time paid staff, growing case load and a desire to provide services for entire Northwest region of Colorado, Hospice of Steamboat Springs merged with the Northwest Visiting Nurse Association to become Hospice Services of Northwest Colorado.

Hospice Facts:
  • Hospice is the sole provider of at-home care in the region serving Routt and Moffat counties which covers 6,702 square miles of harsh mountainous terrain.
  • Hospice utilizes two multi-disciplinary teams which include; nurses, social workers, physicians, volunteers and spiritual care coordinators.
  • A patient qualifies for Hospice care if they receive a terminal diagnosis from their physician with a limited amount of time to live. If no care giver is present in the home Hospice will arrange for the patient to be cared for in the skilled nursing facility.
  • Recent trends have found that more hospice patients are under the age of 60 most commonly diangosed with cancer.
  • Another developing trend is that people want to plan for their end of life care which drives the need for more hospice services.
  • The cost of hospice care at home is significantly lower than nursing home or hospital care.
  • On average between 100 and 120 Routt and Moffat county residents die each year, of those between 35 and 40 are hospice patients.
  • The yearly operating budget consists of $200,000. One third of this budget comes from annual fund-raising events, the remainder comes from insurance and Medicare/Medicaid.
  • The two annual fund-raising events are "The Hospice Golf Classic" and "Heralds of Hope Daffodils"
  • Hospice Services of Northwest Colorado is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made are tax deductible.

For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation contact:
Steamboat: 970-879-1632
Craig: 970-824-8233
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