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Iowa City Hospice
 

Our Care

Iowa City Hospice’s exceptional care is reflected in everything we do. In addition to the thousands of calls, letters and emails we receive from grateful individuals, we regularly survey our families and healthcare professionals to assess our effectiveness.

A few figures from recent surveys…

  • Pain Relief: Iowa City Hospice care teams are experts at pain control – 100% of families report the right amount of medication was provided to patients to relieve their pain.
  • Quality of Care: 95% of families rate Iowa City Hospice’s overall care as Excellent or Very Good. And Iowa City Hospice’s staff are committed experts in end-of-life care.
  • Staff Expertise: 100% of eligible Iowa City Hospice staff are certified in hospice and palliative care, compared to a national average of 20%.
  • Longevity: Iowa City Hospice has been adding life to each day for over 30 years.
  • Community: Founded and sustained by volunteers, Iowa City Hospice has remained a community based not-for-profit hospice provider for 30+ years, providing care to all without regard for ability to pay.
  • Care To All: Together with caregivers, Iowa City Hospice’s skilled staff, committed volunteers and community supporters add life to each day for those at the end of life, including 1,300 days of charity care in 2014.

Our Care Team

The Iowa City Hospice care team begins with YOU, the patient. You continue to direct your own care, with the guidance and support of your personal physician. The following care team members are available, based on your individual needs and preferences:

  • Staff medical directors, who partner with your personal physician and other healthcare providers to ensure consistent, personalized care
  • Registered Nurse Case Managers, who are available 24/7 to answer your questions or address pain and symptoms – even in the middle of the night
  • Staff pharmacists, who consult with your care team to ensure the best possible pain and symptom management
  • Hospice aides specially certified in hospice care, who provide help with your personal care, such as bathing and getting dressed, while respecting your dignity.
  • Social workers, who address you and your family’s emotional needs and help you through confusing paperwork
  • Spiritual counselors, who respect and support you in your own spiritual or religious beliefs and practices
  • Bereavement specialists, who offer grief support services to your friends and family, and to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether the person was in hospice care. Special bereavement services for grieving children.
  • Music Therapists, who provide comfort, meaningful connections with loved ones and symptom relief through music.
  • A legion of volunteers, to provide additional support to you, your family and caregivers
  • Care provided wherever you are, whether a private home, an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or a hospital
  • Complementary therapies (such as physical, speech or occupational therapy, and dietary counseling) individualized to meet your unique needs