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Hospice Provides What Americans Want At The End of Life
August 8, 2008

by Kendra Schurle, RN BSN, Meadowlark Hospice Program Director


Meadowlark Hospice is a comprehensive, team oriented program that cares for people who are living with a life limiting illness.  Meadowlark Hospice emphasizes comfort care for individuals and their families.  Our staff is specially trained in pain and symptom control, and brings quality, loving, compassionate care to a person’s life.  Meadowlark Hospice has a team of specially trained, local Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplain and Volunteers who provide the physical, emotional and social care that is needed to bring this service to people in their home or home-like setting. 

Hospice serves anyone with any life limiting illness when they have been certified by their physician as having a terminal illness as well as six months or less to live, if the disease process runs its normal course. Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurances have a Hospice Benefit that covers all aspects of Hospice care as well as medications, equipment and supplies. 

Meadowlark Hospice uses our donated dollars to provide service to those who do not have insurance and to provide needed equipment and supplies.  We are committed to providing the highest quality care, and we have been serving Clay County since 1985. 

Meadowlark Hospice serves Clay, Cloud, Republic, Washington, Marshall and Western Riley counties. Our Focus is on Living. 

The following information is provided by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization:

  1. Nine out of ten adults would prefer to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home if diagnosed with a terminal illness.  96% of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home or place they call home.
  2. An overwhelming majority of adults said they would be interested in the comprehensive program of care at home that hospice programs provide.  Yet most Americans know little or nothing about their eligibility for or availability of hospice.
  3. When asked to name their greatest fear associated with death, respondents most cited “being a burden to family and friends,” followed by “pain” and “lack of control.”  Addressing the whole range of physical and psychological needs of the patient and his or her family in an interdisciplinary way is what makes hospice care so special.
  4. 90% of adults believe it is the family’s responsibility to care for the dying.  Hospice provides families with the support needed to keep their loved one at home.
  5. Hospice programs offer one year of grief counseling for the surviving family and friends.


Kendra Schurle, RN BSN
Meadowlark Hospice Program Director
(785) 632-2225