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Hospice care is for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a prognosis of six months or less. The focus of treatment is on comfort care and maximizing the quality of life.

Care is provided in the home by a core team of professionals including registered nurses, nurse aides, social workers, chaplains, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and volunteers. The plan of care is customized to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her family.

Bereavement care is also provided to the family following the patient’s death.

For people needing 24-hour care and supervision, Mount Evans’ staff also provides hospice care at local skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

Please click here to read questions often asked about hospice care.

Taking Hospice Advocacy to the Masses: Hospice Advocates Oughta be in Pictures!

As a part of an on-going movement to engage and excite Hospice Advocates, NHPCO and the Alliance for Care at the End of Life recently announced the launch of the Hospice Action Network’s (HAN) YouTube Channel. Visit the new channel to see our welcome message and more than a dozen testimonials from Hospice Advocates around the country. Also, be sure to read this recent Advocacy Tip and learn how to leverage your own social media accounts to grow Hospice Advocacy nationwide.

Please click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice Care.

A Mother’s Love Runs Strong

In 2016, Gil Schaenzle’s daughter Anna Rose was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroencrine (NET) cancer. After surgeries to remove nearly 10 pounds of tumors from her body and intense rounds of chemotherapy, Anna Rose died age 21. Below you’ll watch as Gil shares her incredibly personal story; how Mount Evans helped her cope with the heartbreak; and her inspiring journey to help other families facing NET cancer. This story is also featured as the cover story in the July 2019 edition of Colorado Serenity Magazine.

“They took the most horrible experience in the world and made us feel cared for, love and listened to. I’d always been afraid of the word hospice until we had our encounter with hospice, and now, to me, hospice is one of the most beautiful words in our language.”

–Gil Schaenzle
Watch Gil’s story here

 


The Ambrosier Family Story

Aaron Ambrosier
November 11, 1970 – February 12, 2017

Aaron Ambrosier died on Feb. 12, 2017, in the company of his loving family and a dedicated Mount Evans hospice nurse. Aaron’s courageous fight against cancer was over and he was at peace. However, the raw, unimaginable grief his family was experiencing, would take a long time to heal.

“I read that the nature of grace is the ability to fill up empty spaces,” Roger smiles. “Over the last two years the grace of Mount Evans has filled so many empty spaces in our family’s life.”

–Roger Ambrosier, bereaved parent group member
Read the Ambrosier family story here