Hospice of Yuma’s Origins
The first and most important thing to look at when choosing a hospice is their history.
Hospice of Yuma had a true grassroots beginning right here in Yuma. In 1979, a local group of medical professionals attended a hospice conference in Phoenix. They returned to Yuma and recognized that the community had a need for hospice services. Over the next year they actively discussed and recruited input from the community. In January 1981, a group of doctors, nurses, clergy, and citizens began to meet at a local hotel café to discuss the need for hospice services in Yuma and to seek out training and educational opportunities.
The group met faithfully every week, adding new participants from the community. By November of that year, Hospice of Yuma was established as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) charity with the IRS and opened its doors. From 1981 through part of 1988, Hospice of Yuma operated solely on the monies collected from fundraising and monetary gifts from the community. In 1988, Hospice of Yuma became a Medicare provider. From 1989 up to the present time, Hospice of Yuma has steadily grown, evolved, and added employees and volunteers to meet the ongoing need for end-of-life care in our community. The important thing to remember is that Hospice of Yuma is the only hospice provider in Yuma County that was created here over three decades ago, and we continue to be the only non-profit hospice in the area. Our organization is invested in the community for the benefit of the community.
Ready to Make a Difference
Hospice of Yuma provides compassionate care through a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers to individuals and their families who deal with chronic and terminal illness, while advancing palliative care and community awareness that death and grief are a natural part of life.
To develop, enhance, and expand hospice and palliative care services in the Yuma area.
6 Things You Should Know About Your Hospice
With multiple hospice providers in the area, it is important to make the best choice for your loved one.
The following are important questions to ask when choosing hospice services:
- Is the hospice organization a non-profit that focuses on the patient and quality care? Research over the past two decades has indicated that non-profit hospices are more likely to provide better care and support services for patients and families. The bottom line is that non-profit hospices place the patient and their family first.
- Does the hospice organization have a full-time physician on staff who makes home visits and is board-certified in Palliative Care Medicine?
- What is the average caseload per nurse? The lower the caseload, the better the care.
- Does the hospice organization have full-time nurses dedicated to only weekend and evening hours?
- How does the hospice organization meet the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient and family?
- What type of reputation does the hospice organization have in the local medical community regarding the quality of services provided?
- Be the leading source of end-of-life education and services for terminally ill patients in the Yuma area.
- Ensure ample financial resources to meet the challenge of the agency’s vision.
- Promote the expansion of palliative care services to both terminally and chronically ill patients.
- Pursue the development and expansion of hospice programs to meet the needs of a growing community.
- Maintain the highest standards of professional expertise with staff members who promote excellence in palliative and end-of-life care.