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22nd Annual Glenn Roberts Elks/Iowa City Hospice Golf Classic to raise funds for patient care

On Monday, August 7, area golfers will gather at the Iowa City Elks #590 course to raise funds for Iowa City Hospice patient care. The Glenn Roberts Elks/Iowa City Hospice Golf Classic was started in 1995 by Elks members Glenn Roberts, Gus Kennedy, and Web Cramer as a way to help support Iowa City Hospice. Funds raised from this event help ensure that everyone in our community who needs quality end of life care and grief support services will receive it, without regard for ability to pay.

Golfers have the option of shotgun starts at both 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM. The $75 entry fee per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, beverages, eligibility for numerous prize drawings, and a catered lunch at noon. Foursomes are encouraged. Registration is limited to 15 teams each for the morning and afternoon sessions.

This Golf Classic is part of the commitment of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks to support their community. Glenn, Gus, and Web had all experienced the care and support of Iowa City Hospice, convincing them to support this compassionate and high quality service. In 2002 the event was renamed the Glenn Roberts Elks/Iowa City Hospice Golf Classic to sustain the event for a cause so important to Glenn.

Click here to print the registration form, or you may register online.

There are also many sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact Judy Frits at 319-688-4213 or judy.frits@iowacityhospice.org.

For 34 years Iowa City Hospice, a community based not-for-profit organization, has been bringing comfort and peace to patients and their loved ones, adding life to each day. Services are offered to anyone who qualifies that resides in Johnson, Cedar, Iowa, Muscatine, Linn, Louisa and Washington counties, without regard for ability to pay. In 2016, 1,093 days of charity care were provided by Iowa City Hospice.

June Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on June 22, 2017, at Farmer’s Diner, 2300 Park Ave, Muscatine, IA, at 11:30am. Please join us for lunch if you have experienced a loss and want to connect with other bereaved.

Many people who are struggling with grief and loss find it helpful to have social outlets, such as this luncheon, where support is available.  This luncheon provides an opportunity for bereaved to meet one another and share common experiences.

We have tables reserved especially for this group and you will be greeted by Iowa City Hospice staff.  This luncheon is ongoing, meeting every other month.  Farmer’s Diner offers a wide variety of delicious and affordable meals.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Donita Hermsen, Bereavement Counselor, at 319-688-4206 or by e-mail at Donita.Hermsen@IowaCityHospice.org.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, June Group

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. It is a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: June 21st, 2017
Time: 5:15-6:30pm
Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave, Iowa City, IA

For more information about Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, call 319-388-8171.

Grieving Your Spouse, June Groups

According to grief expert Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, there are certain needs we have when we are grieving. There is a need for the bereaved to express their grief in some way whether verbally or in another way. We need to respect what our bodies and minds are telling us and learn to nurture ourselves, whether we are experiencing a multitude of emotions or numbness.

Grieving Your Spouse is a professionally led ongoing support group for people whose spouse or significant other has died in the last three years. The group is set up to help the grieving partner reconcile the loss. In the group, we not only learn from others who are also grieving but also have an opportunity to process our own grief. This is also a great opportunity to network with others who understand what you are going through.

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month from 5:30PM to 6:30PM at the Iowa City Hospice offices at 1025 Wade Street in Iowa City 52240. 

To RSVP or for more information contact Julie Bockenstedt at 319-688-4217 or julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org.

Medicare Care Choices Model

Living as well as possible can be difficult with a serious illness. The Medicare Care Choices Model is a demonstration project through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Care Choices provides a new option for Medicare beneficiaries with specific diagnoses to receive hospice-like support services from participating hospice providers while also receiving curative care and treatments. The goal is to evaluate whether these supportive services that are provided can help improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce Medicare costs.

Potential patients must be living with one of the following illnesses: advanced cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or HIV/AIDS. There are additional eligibility criteria that a potential patient must meet, and we can help determine if you or a loved one might qualify. The same hospice services, such as visits from a nurse, social worker or spiritual counselor, are offered to patients enrolled in this model.

Care Choices can help patients and caregivers:

  • Control symptoms like pain, shortness of breath, and anxiety
  • Talk about their healthcare wishes
  • Be in touch with their multiple doctors to make sure everyone is on the same page
  • Make referrals to and work with other local resources that can help
  • Live at home for as long as possible
  • By being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you have questions or need help

To see more detailed information on the Care Choices project through Iowa City Hospice, including eligibility criteria, visit our Care Choices page.

To see more information on Care Choices from CMS, visit their website.

We encourage anyone – patients, family members, clergy, friends, or medical professionals – to contact us to learn more about Care Choices. Call us at 319-351-5665!

June Caregiver Support Groups

Iowa City Hospice recognizes the immense value of family caregivers and strives to sustain them in their roles through support and education. Iowa City Hospice and Pathways Adult Day Health Center offer a support group for caregivers that are open and free to all community members at any point in their care giving journey.

The Caregiver Support Group offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

The group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Hwy 218 South, Iowa City, 52246.

For more information on support groups contact Steve Siglin at 319-351-5665, steve.siglin@iowacityhospice.org or Jeff Kellbach at 319-339-6162, jkellbach@abbe.org.

 Free respite care is available during the support group at Pathways Adult Day Health Center, with a reservation.  To make a reservation for the free respite, call 319-339-6162.

May Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on May 25, 2017, at J.W Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona, IA, at 11:30am. Please join us for lunch if you have experienced a loss and want to connect with other bereaved.

Many people who are struggling with grief and loss find it helpful to have social outlets, such as this luncheon, where support is available.  This luncheon provides an opportunity for bereaved to meet one another and share common experiences.

We have tables reserved especially for this group and you will be greeted by Iowa City Hospice staff.  This luncheon is ongoing, meeting every other month.  JW Foods offers a wide variety of delicious and affordable meals.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Donita Hermsen, Bereavement Counselor, at 319-688-4206 or by e-mail at Donita.Hermsen@IowaCityHospice.org.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, May Group

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. It is a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: May 17th, 2017
Time: 5:15-6:30pm
Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave, Iowa City, IA

For more information about Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, call 319-388-8171.

Grieving Your Spouse, May Groups

According to grief expert Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, there are certain needs we have when we are grieving. There is a need for the bereaved to express their grief in some way whether verbally or in another way. We need to respect what our bodies and minds are telling us and learn to nurture ourselves, whether we are experiencing a multitude of emotions or numbness.

Grieving Your Spouse is a professionally led ongoing support group for people whose spouse or significant other has died in the last three years. The group is set up to help the grieving partner reconcile the loss. In the group, we not only learn from others who are also grieving but also have an opportunity to process our own grief. This is also a great opportunity to network with others who understand what you are going through.

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month from 5:30PM to 6:30PM at the Iowa City Hospice offices at 1025 Wade Street in Iowa City 52240.

To RSVP or for more information contact Julie Bockenstedt at 319-688-4217 or julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org.

Honoring the Contributions of Hospice Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, Iowa City Hospice Celebrates the Gifts of Volunteers

This week, during National Volunteer Week, we are honoring the 98 dedicated volunteers from our community who ensure that patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness find hope, dignity and love.

“Iowa City Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the care we provide to our patients and their families,” said Ann Coe, Iowa City Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “They remain the heart of Iowa City Hospice, and we could not fulfill our mission without them. Through their caring presence and acts of service, our volunteers support Iowa City Hospice and the community we serve.”

Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, provide fundraising support, and more.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 430,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.

Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.

For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page or call 319-351-5665.