Few people are prepared to hear they have a life-limiting illness. It is a very emotional time. Suddenly, you need to make decisions about how you want to experience life’s final months. How you wish to live the end of your life is your choice to make.For more than 30 years, families have asked for the experience of Willamette Valley Hospice by name. Choose a topic to learn more about our services. We not only provide comfort and support for you, but for your family as well.

What is hospice care?

Hospice is specialized care and support for anyone – adults or children – with a life expectancy of about six months or less. At Willamette Valley Hospice, we see hospice care as a philosophical choice. It is a way of living the last phase of life. Our experienced team gently, yet skillfully, guides you and your loved ones through every step of the journey. Thanks to our comprehensive range of services, we help families experience life’s final months according to their wishes, with comfort and dignity. Along the way, we educate you on what to expect at each stage and provide physical, emotional and spiritual support – all while expertly managing pain and/or other symptoms of your illness.

Paying for Hospice Care

Hospice is a benefit covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration and most private insurance plans. We believe hospice care should be available to all people. We make sure our patients and their families receive the support they need, whether or not they can pay. This is made possible through the generous support of our donors.

Why Willamette Valley Hospice?

When you ask for Willamette Valley Hospice, you get more than 30 years of experience in helping people live their last months as they wish. We are at your side with every possible means of support. It is how we have become the first choice for end-of-life care in Marion and Polk counties and beyond. Our services are tailored to meet your individual needs and cover a wide spectrum of care:

  • Comfort care, pain and symptom management
  • Medications related to the life-limiting illness, delivered to the patient
  • Medical equipment, including oxygen and medical supplies, related to the life-limiting illness
  • Support and education for caregivers and family members
  • Music, massage and pet therapies to enhance quality of life and manage symptoms
  • Hospitalization and transportation, when approved by hospice staff, for acute symptom management

Our services are provided wherever you call home, whether it is a private residence, assisted living facility or nursing home.

The Edward F. Tokarski Home is an option for those seeking a residence in their final weeks of life. This residential home is the only one of its kind operated by a hospice in the Mid-Valley. It offers private suites, staffed by an experienced nurse manager and certified nursing assistants for support around the clock.

Unique caring for veterans
For veterans, deep-rooted memories of combat or other military experiences can return near the end of life. Our specially trained staff works with veterans and their families to provide the best possible end-of-life experience. We work to bring them the peace, dignity and comfort they deserve.

The Hospice Team

No one should face these difficult times alone. Willamette Valley Hospice offers a team of compassionate experts.

We know you’re most comfortable with people you trust – the kind of trust that comes with familiarity. The sooner you contact us, the more we can get to know you and your whole family and make sure your wishes are followed.

Your hospice team may include:

  • Your primary physician
  • Board-certified hospice and palliative care physicians and nurse practitioners who are specially trained in providing pain relief and managing symptoms of serious illness
  • Registered nurses who are board-certified in hospice and palliative care for calls, visits or crisis response 24 hours a day
  • Physical, occupational or speech therapists to help patients get the most from every day
  • Medical social workers who provide expert help with patient safety, financial and legal issues, memorial and funeral planning, as well as offer emotional support
  • Music therapists to help manage symptoms, reduce stress and calm fears
  • Licensed massage therapists to bring comfort through relief of stress and pain
  • Hospice aides for help with bathing, personal care and light housekeeping
  • Spiritual counselors to help find peace and forgiveness
  • Dietitians to meet the evolving nutritional needs at the end of life
  • Pet therapists to provide special companionship and joy
  • Bereavement counselors to guide families through their grief
  • Trained hospice volunteers able to offer companionship and breaks for caregivers

Pain and Symptom Management

Pain is often what hospice patients worry about most. It’s why managing pain is among our top priorities. We stay well-informed with current medications and techniques for pain and symptom relief.

We understand every patient experiences pain differently. Some people have severe pain early in their disease, while others have little pain at all. A physician and hospice nurse collaborate with the patient to control pain symptoms in the least invasive (or most natural) way. We are available every day of the patient’s journey to help them live as pain-free as possible.

We also believe that emotional and spiritual pain should be given just as much attention as physical pain. We support all of a patient’s needs by offering music, massage, physical, occupational, speech and pet therapies, as well as bereavement support and nutrition counseling. Other support includes spiritual counselors and social workers who are available to assist not only the patients but the family members, too.

Home Palliative Care Services

Home Palliative Care Services focus on quality of life and comfort when facing a serious illness. The services act as an extra layer of support and relief from symptoms and pain while you continue curative treatment.

If you are experiencing a serious illness or facing complicated medical decisions, Home Palliative Care Services may be an option for you. This service is intended for those with a life expectancy of 12 months or less.

Our experience has shown us serious illnesses have much more than a physical impact. There are often psychological, social and spiritual concerns for patients – as well as their families.

Our services address all of our patients’ needs, including:

  • Assessment of physical, psychosocial and spiritual symptoms
  • In-home nursing care and social work
  • Registered nurses on call 24 hours a day to expertly relieve pain and bothersome symptoms
  • Help to avoid and reduce hospital stays
  • Assistance with planning for the future and patient-centered decision making
  • Care coordination to streamline access to services and to monitor quality of care
  • Guidance to help patients and families cope with progressing illness and issues of life closure
  • Crisis prevention and early crisis management
  • Bereavement support for families and caregivers

Home Palliative Care Services are helpful for adults and children facing a serious illness. Specific conditions covered will depend on your insurance benefits. Services are covered for qualifying patients by many commercial insurance providers and Medicaid. Coverage can sometimes be negotiated with other insurance companies. When not covered by insurance, services can be purchased out-of-pocket.

Contact us to learn more.

Transitions Program

It’s common to have a lot of questions when you first learn you have a serious illness. What do I do now? Will my caregiver know what to do? Will I be a burden?

Sometimes when a diagnosis is first made, you may not be ready for hospice. You could use the advice and support of someone who knows what to expect, someone able to offer experienced guidance.

This is what the Transitions Program is for – expert help in making the transition to a new phase of life. This non-medical, volunteer-based program offers a range of assistance. We can connect you with community resources to help or our highly trained volunteers can provide breaks for your caregiver. When you sign up, a Transitions coordinator will meet with you to determine the best way we can help.

All Transitions Program services are offered free of charge.

No one should face the challenge of a serious diagnosis alone. Contact us to learn more or to volunteer.