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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

November 19, 2018 A Story from Our Hospice Program: Danny Davis

Danny Davis' life has been full of adventure and travel, from rural Missouri to Japan and Germany. Now, the Marine Corp veteran and his wife, Nancy, call Des Moines home, but home is more than just a place, it's the people there. For Danny and Nancy their home includes nurse Brittany Rielley and other home health nurses from EveryStep Hospice who help the couple manage Danny's deteriorating health. Danny's relationship with EveryStep Hospice only began in recent years, it was a long time in the making.

November 12, 2018 A Story from Our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program: Jim Keller

When Jim Keller returned from Vietnam, he wasn't greeted at the airport by throngs of loving community members. In fact, he wasn't thanked for his service for nearly 30 years. "We were not treated very well at all. Our country was in disarray," he says. "You almost didn't tell people you were a Vietnam veteran. I was bitter about the war." Over the years, he says he "mellowed out," but he never forgot how it felt to come home and feel unwelcome.

November 2, 2018 A Story from EveryStep Hospice: Clive Elliott

"You can help him go by telling him, 'It's alright if you have to go for a while. I will still be here.'" This was one of the wisest things that Clive Elliott had ever heard, spoken to him by the hospice care nurses from EveryStep Hospice who were taking care of his partner, Daniel, when he was dying. Clive's heart slowly broke as he saw Daniel lose his health. He had been with Daniel every step of the way, never leaving his side until one day his friend, Lisa, invited Clive out for coffee. Clive, riddled with guilt at the thought of leaving Daniel alone, almost declined Lisa's offer. But Daniel's hospice care nurses insisted he go and they stayed with Daniel. Before Clive left, he whispered the words that the hospice care nurses advised him to say. By the time Clive arrived home again, Daniel had passed away.