New hospice home for the Verde Valley

The Verde Valley Hospice Home will feature 10 private rooms and provide a comfortable and peaceful setting for those who need hospice services, but lack the resources or support to stay in their own home.

The Verde Valley Hospice Home will feature 10 private rooms and provide a comfortable and peaceful setting for those who need hospice services, but lack the resources or support to stay in their own home.

Northern Arizona Hospice, a subsidiary of Verde Valley Medical Center, is building the Verde Valley's first hospice house.

The Verde Valley Hospice Home will feature 10 private rooms and provide a comfortable and peaceful setting for those who need hospice services, but lack the resources or support to stay in their own home.

Construction of the house began in July 2013. The home's specially trained staff and volunteers will help patients and their families face the challenges of their life-ending illness by offering pain and symptom management, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual support.

The new facility will be located at 421 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood, on the property of the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Northern Arizona Hospice

Northern Arizona Hospice serves patients with a terminal illness who have chosen to shift the focus of care from cure to comfort. A terminal illness is one that if left to follow its natural course would lead to a life expectancy of six months or less.

Hospice care focuses on the patient's comfort while supporting their family in caring for the loved one. Serving Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, and the greater Verde Valley areas since 1984, Northern Arizona Hospice is the area's only not-for-profit hospice organization.

Services include

Nursing visits in the home for assessment, symptom control and teaching

Registered nurses on-call for emergency assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Home health aides to assist with bathing and other personal care

Hospice volunteer visits

Medical equipment, supplies and medications

No co-pays for any supplies or services

Emotional and spiritual support

Bereavement counseling

Northern Arizona Homecare

Northern Arizona Homecare provides quality, professional healthcare in the comfort of the patient's home. Northern Arizona Homecare covers a wide geographic area from the Verde Valley, Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, Cottonwood and Jerome to Flagstaff, Williams, Winslow and Munds Park.

Services include:

• Home Infusion: IV antibiotics, nutrition and other infusion therapies

• Case Management: Coordination of care to help patients and families handle complex healthcare issues

• Skilled Nursing: Post-surgical care, prenatal, complex wound care, diabetic management and many other home-based services

• Skilled Therapy: Physical, occupational and speech and language therapists help patients work toward rehabilitation without leaving home

• Social Services: Assistance in locating community resources, counseling and financial services and other support programs

• Personal Care: Bathing, personal care, light housekeeping and meal preparation are among the personal services available

For more information about the Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice, call 928-639-6676 or visit NorthernArizonaHospice.com.

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