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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.

Blog

October 22, 2018 A Story from our Foundation: Sarah Sullivan

Sarah Sullivan, 35, has seen over 200 different doctors in her lifetime. She had her first open heart surgery at just 2 months old. Sarah has never given up on life despite several critical surgeries, a rare blood disease Mayo Clinic named the "Sarah Sullivan Syndrome", and devastatingly low levels of oxygen. She continues to have an upbeat spirit and is surrounded by a family that loves and cherishes her.

September 28, 2018 Death is Not Something to Be Feared

Sixty-eight percent of people in the United States admit they have a fear of death. Whether that be a fear of their own death or the death of their closest friends and family, people are scared of what could be the ultimate end.

September 17, 2018 The Des Moines Register Names EveryStep A Winner Of The Iowa 2018 Top Workplaces Award

2018 marks the sixth time EveryStep has been named at Top Workplace.