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EveryStep Hospice

EveryStep Hospice, formerly HCI Hospice Care Services and Hospice with Heart, helps those living with a serious illness make the best out of every day. EveryStep Hospice is Iowa's oldest and largest not-for-profit, community-based hospice provider. Since launching our hospice program in 1978, thousands of Iowans have turned to us to find comfort and care when they needed it most. 

All hospices focus on providing pain management and symptom control. However, each hospice is independently run and provides its own programs and services.

What Sets Us Apart:

  • The most experienced hospice care provider in Iowa. Founded in 1978, EveryStep Hospice was the first hospice care provider in Iowa. Our Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines, which opened in 1993, was one of Iowa’s first hospice houses. 
  • A free-standing, community-based hospice. EveryStep Hospice is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Staff and volunteers are trained specifically to work with individuals and their families who are coping with an end-stage illness.
  • No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Thanks to the EveryStep Foundation and generous donors, EveryStep Hospice is able to serve hospice-appropriate patients regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance coverage.
  • High educational standards for staff. 
  • Quality of life program. Whether it's helping to pay for utilities because finances are tight or recreating a favorite home-cooked meal, we help our patients find quality of life on their terms. Sometimes this means fulfilling wishes and create lasting memories for patients and their families.
  • Customized services. EveryStep Hospice goes above and beyond, offering specialized care and recognition for Veterans, support for patients' pets, Life Review recordings of patients talking about their lives, and much more.
  • Weekend and evening availability. EveryStep's staff is on-call 24 hours, seven days a week to respond to our patients' needs.
  • Dedicated volunteers. EveryStep’s corps of more than 900 volunteers is key to providing quality care and support for our mission.
  • Community-based care teams. With multiple locally-based teams in communities across Iowa, we are a solid, trusted presence serving nearly half of Iowa's counties.
  • A valuable resource for the community. Our grief and loss services are available to the entire community through counseling, resources and a variety of support groups. We also offer programs and resources to help train and support caregivers.

Click here to find out if hospice is right for you or your loved one.

Blog

February 6, 2019 A Story from Our Hospice Houses: George Adams

George Adams, 84, hadn't seen his 94-year-old sister Wilene in nearly two years. Despite this, the siblings have maintained a close relationship, chatting on the phone from their respective homes in Iowa and Nebraska. Still, there's nothing quite like seeing your sister in person. And that's just what George, a veteran and patient at EveryStep's Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston, was able to do recently.

January 29, 2019 A Guide to Caregivers' New Year's Resolutions

Would you like to become a happier, healthier caregiver in 2019? Pick two or three items from the "caregiver resolutions" list below. Some are quick and easy; others are more long-term goals. Share the second list with your friends and family - it's a gentle way to encourage their help and support.

January 15, 2019 A Story from Our Hospice Houses: Jim Donlan

"This is another beautiful day God has given me." Those are the words spoken to Jim Donlan by a terminally ill elderly woman his very first day as a volunteer with EveryStep Hospice. More than twenty years later, Jim still recounts to every new volunteer he meets the story of that day, eager to convey to others the inspiring and meaningful memories he made as even a rookie hospice volunteer.