Hospice House

Southeast Iowa’s Only Hospice House Serves Patients and Families

nurse holding hospice patient hand

Great River Health System-Hospice House is a six-suite, one-story house that provides peaceful shelter for patients and loved ones to spend their final time together. It is a place where comfort, care and compassion make it a home.

Why choose our Hospice House?

At end of life, most people want to be in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. But staying at home is not always possible. Patients who have complex symptoms or require intense pain management or those who don’t have a 24-hour caregiver may choose the homelike environment of our Hospice House.

Who Can Stay at Our Hospice House?

To be eligible, one must:

  • Have six months or less to live as determined by a physician
  • Be a Great River Health System-Hospice patient. Patients in other hospice programs may transfer their care to our Hospice.

And need one of these types of care:

  • Acute – Intense monitoring and treatment of pain and other symptoms. Before our Hospice House existed, these services were provided in a hospital.
  • Respite – A short stay (up to five days) that gives at-home caregivers time to rest
  • Residential – Patients choose to live at the hospice house when staying at home is not an option

A Home Away from Home

Beautifully landscaped gardens and a serene lakeside setting help patients, families and visitors feel comfortable. Inside, open spaces with cascading waterfall, natural woodwork, skylights, mission-style furnishings and specially chosen artwork create a soothing atmosphere.

Each patient and family suite has many comforts of home, including a fireplace, television, DVD player, family room with a sleeper sofa, private bathroom and private patio. Most rooms have a lake view.

Patients choose food from an extensive menu and determine when meals will be served. Staff members wash patients’ laundry.

For comfort and convenience, the hospice house has:

  • A large great room with a fireplace, television and children’s play area
  • A fully equipped kitchen in which cookies are baked daily
  • A non-denominational chapel called the Serenity Room
  • A game room
  • A family bathroom and laundry room
  • An outdoor patio and grill
  • Wireless internet access

For more information about Great River Health System-Hospice House, please call (319) 768-3350 or toll-free (877) 404-4766.