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To the editor:
Live your best life, that seems to have been the quote of 2019. What happens when that dream is taken from you? How do you go on living your best life?
Think about that for a minute. How is it possible to remain in the present mindset? How do we continue to have a vision for tomorrow when tomorrow may or may not be a possibility? These are tough questions most of us don’t think about until we are broadsided by the reality of a family member who has failed or maybe received a terminal diagnosis. Possibly this is something we ourselves are facing. Whichever the situation, EveryStep Hospice is here to help guide those in need through difficult decisions with a caring and compassionate heart. Yes, I know the word hospice just completely caused you to stop reading this article, but stay tuned, what you are about to learn will change the way you look at hospice forever.
EveryStep Hospice, for years known as HCI Hospice Care Services, is part of Iowa’s oldest and largest non-profit health care and social services organizations founded in 1908. EveryStep helps those living with a serious illness make the best out of every day by managing pain and symptoms, helping with daily needs and providing emotional and spiritual support to not only the patient, but the entire support system as a whole. Anyone who meets our physical eligibility requirements will not be turned away from our care. We work with families to ensure the care is affordable and available EveryStep of the way. Look at it as a bonus program; our specialized nurses, hospice aides and volunteers are the direct care staff who can embrace your loved ones with services that can help them to look forward to living his or her remaining weeks and months in comfort, surrounded by people who care. In addition, EveryStep Hospice uses the expertise of pharmacists, chaplains, dietitians and a team physician to offer a team approach to the care your loved one deserves.
EveryStep Hospice is about living, not dying. It is about approaching the next days and months with a plan to help those live their best life. Whether it is days or months, EveryStep is committed to making those moments the most comfortable, loving moments possible for every person who is involved.
As we wrap up 2019 and approach 2020, let’s continue to live our best life. If you know someone who could benefit from our services, remember they do not need a doctor’s referral. Anyone can refer a family member or friend, just call the EveryStep Mount Ayr office at 641-464-2088. We will always be here for you EveryStep of the way.