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Cedar Valley Hospice builds resources for the community

At Cedar Valley Hospice, we understand that opting to receive hospice services for yourself or a loved one can be difficult to come to terms with. So many emotions can come along with the decision, which is why our mission is so important: To enrich lives with knowledge, respect and compassionate care.

Care at home

Throughout the last few years, and still being the midst of COVID-19, many more people have learned about the benefits of Cedar Valley Hospice services. They have experienced the benefits of receiving care at home by the Cedar Valley Hospice team in partnership with their family doctor. Our strong relationships with primary care physicians enabled us to provide an exceptional continuum of care in the privacy and safety of people’s homes.

For those not ready for hospice services, our LINK Palliative Care program has helped so many manage their serious illness, while decreasing the need to visit the doctor or hospital.

LINK patient Barb Wildman gets emotional when talking about all the those that have helped care for her for the past couple of years. She said, “When you’re alone with no family living close, I feel blessed that I have Cedar Valley Hospice to come in, check on me, help me with doctoring and whatever else may come at me that week. I probably would have gone to the nursing home if it weren’t for them.”

Volunteers back in the community

Over the past two years, Cedar Valley Hospice had to suspend volunteer patient visits and activities. Recently, volunteers have been able to go back to their regular duties. In February, we finished a new volunteer training for 17 individuals who have committed to our mission. They spent 16 hours with our team to learn about Cedar Valley Hospice, our services and our philosophy of care.

Waverly volunteer Judy Gamble has been a volunteer since 2013 and has visited many patients and their families over the years. “I wanted to give something back to the agency who was such a significant help and comfort to our family (they cared for my dad),” she said.

Whether volunteers help with events, office duties, visit patients or make grief support calls, the 275 selfless souls that perform a number of separate roles are truly the heart of our organization and we are glad to have them back serving families once again. To volunteer, please call Waverly Volunteer and Office Coordinator Cortney Manning at 352-1274.

Grief support resources increase

With limited opportunities for traditional bereavement practices during the pandemic coupled with the ongoing need for support after a loved one dies; Cedar Valley Hospice has stepped up. Last year, we served over 3,000 youth and adults through monthly mailings, support groups, face-to-face visits and bereavement calls.

Currently, we offer six grief support groups within our 15-county service area in addition to individual counseling sessions. These are open to anyone in the community, regardless of an affiliation with Cedar Valley Hospice. In Waverly, there is an ongoing, drop-in grief support group on the third Tuesday of every month from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Waverly office, 209 20th St. NW, or via Zoom.

This year, we have collaborated with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly and other churches to help them provide support to their parishioners and develop a deeper understanding of grief and the services we offer. Our partnership also helps train parishioners on how to help each other (what to say, what not to say) so they can provide support when someone has lost a loved one.

Events on the calendar

We are excited to bring back our spring Nights fundraising event on Friday, April 22. With a fun theme and social hour styled evening, Margarita Nights, Tikis, Tapas and Tequila will allow guests to set their mind on island time and enjoy an evening of fun while raising money to support those served by Cedar Valley Hospice. Visit cvhospice.org/nights to get your tickets!

In June, the Forget-Me-Not fundraiser will take place again – but will also have a social-hour feel with live music and mingling. Watch the newspaper or visit our website at cvhospice.org for more details to come in April.

Support center opens in Waterloo

On Oct. 1, the public gathered for an open house to celebrate the completion of the new Waterloo Support Center. Nearly 300 guests viewed the new 15,636-square-foot office space, which houses approximately 80 Cedar Valley Hospice employees including its clinical teams, grief support center, simulation training center, the Cedar AIDS Support System, volunteer services, along with the administration, finance and advancement departments.

The new building serves as the hub for the Northeast Iowa communities we serve, as well as acts as the training center for all employees and volunteers. Throughout the Building for Tomorrow campaign, the community donated $2.3 million toward the cost of the $3.2 million building. The endeavor included support from 100% of Cedar Valley Hospice staff and board members, totaling $196,924.

“We are so grateful to all those who donated with their heart to help make this home a reality,” said Development Director Suzanne Benda.

Remember that Cedar Valley Hospice can be a resource for you through a variety of its services. It is never too soon to call and see how we can help. For more information, visit cvhospice.org or call 800.626.2360.