• Caregivers

When you care for a loved one with an advanced illness you are doing a remarkable thing, and it is also a very challenging role.

We are here to help. Hospice of Missoula is not just here for your loved one, we are here for you as well. We will provide you with practical day-to-day support, information specific to you and your loved one, resources in our community. 

We offer encouragement always, multi-faith spiritual support, and emotional support greatly needed through this unique time. Caregiving can be a lonely role, but it doesn’t have to be. We are here to support you practically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. Let us help.

Support For Your Loved One

Hospice of Missoula will provide complete support to your loved one through their advanced illness. Choosing hospice earlier than later increases the quality of time you are able to spend with your loved one. The goal of hospice is to help people with an advanced illness live as fully as possible, with their pain controlled and symptoms managed.  Additionally spiritual and emotional support are fundamental pieces that are part of our compassionate care you are able to receive in your home.  

To Contact Hospice: 406.543.4408 | 800 Kensington Suite 204 Missoula, MT 59801

Support For You

By allowing Hospice of Missoula to help ease some of the responsibilities you may be feeling occupied with, you and your family can focus less on the disease process and more on enjoying the time you have with your loved one. We will be there to provide practical hands-on support: 

delivering medications, doing light housekeeping, folding laundry, making appointments, connecting you to resources and much more.  You will also be given information continually on what to expect and how to handle each step as you care for your loved one.

We are here for your emotional needs as well, sometimes it helps to have someone who understands the challenges of caring for someone with an advanced illness. Don’t think of us as “only there for your loved one…” we are here for you as well.

The Right Timing

The time to consider hospice is a personal decision and often begins when your loved one and physician decide that curative measures are no longer desired. When new goals become focused on quality of life, it could be the right time to advocate for hospice care. 

Encourage your loved one to share their feelings with you about their hopes and wishes. If you think hospice aligns with your loved one’s goals for a fuller life with less worry, then it is probably time to speak to their physician about hospice care. 

Your loved one may benefit from Hospice of Missoula when any of the following are occuring:

  • Multiple and frequent hospitalizations
  • Life expectancy is no longer many years, but months to a year.
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Quality of life and comfort are more important than aggressive treatments
  • Difficulty managing symptoms

Diagnoses most commonly referred to hospice include:

  •  Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  •  Dementia
  • Failure to Thrive or Debility

Who Pays for Hospice

Hospice care is a 100% covered benefit under Medicare, Medicaid and most private pay insurances.

We can verify coverage for the family and can assist with the Medicaid application process if necessary.

No patient will be turned away based on their ability to pay for hospice services.  Arrangements will be made for those in need of assistance using Hospice of Missoula’s charitable care and by uniting with local community-based organizations who share our dedication to hospice care.

Getting Started

If you still have questions please give us a call, we are here to provide answers and to help you make an informed decision.