Serving those in our community who need it the most
As our name implies, we focus on providing care in two specific sectors of health care services. Our HomeCare of the Valley segment provides skilled home health services under a physician’s order to those who are in need of nursing care, assistance with activities of daily living, or in need of rehabilitation provided by our physical, occupational and speech therapy staff. Our Hospice of the Valley division serves those who have a life-limiting illness. We provide supportive care and counseling as well as bereavement services throughout the hospice journey and for over one year after the death of the loved one. Our service area covers 6,600 miles in the communities throughout the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal and Eagle River Valleys.
Most people do not understand what “hospice” is; many think hospice is a place. Hospice is a compassionate concept of care. It’s not about giving up, it’s about surrounding you or your loved one with the support you need to manage symptoms and pain in the comfort of your own home or any location where the patient has chosen to live. We don’t do anything to make death come earlier; we help ease the burden on the primary caregiver and focus on keeping the patient as comfortable as possible.One thing we hear most from our families is, “We wish we would have known that we could have called you sooner.” People tend to think that Hospice is a last resort, but statistics show that it is most effective when people call us earlier. In regards to our HomeCare business, we serve a wide demographic. Maybe it’s a mother who needs help with a sick baby, an athlete or active person who needs interim help recovering from a sports injury, or a senior who desires to stay home instead of living in an assisted living situation.
We believe that everyone should be treated with dignity at any stage of life. We also believe in the quality of life. The word “hospice” comes from the Latin word for hospitality, so hospice is about having peace, comfort and support in the last season of life. Our HomeCare division has the same philosophy. Most people have the desire to remain at home, be independent, and be comfortable. Home care provides the help people need to remain at home. Both programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for those who are struggling with serious health issues or a life-limiting or life-threatening disease.
We think they would tell you how grateful they are that we were there to help their family through a difficult journey. One thing we hear again and again, is, “What would we have done without you?”
Technology has provided a social media platform that allows people to explore more possibilities for care. It has also given us the opportunity to converse with our community and educate others on some of the most important decisions they will ever make.
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