Regional Health Services of Howard County



"You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.  We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die."  - Dame Cicely Saunders, nurse, physician, writer, and founder of the modern hospice movement (1918 - 2005)

Mission:  To enhance the quality of life for terminally ill individuals and their loved ones by providing physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual support before, during and following the patient's death.  We strive to educate the community about hospice services and the grieving process.

Vision:  We aim to serve individuals, their loved ones and community in order to ensure dignity, compassion and peace in all end of live services.

Benefits of Hospice:

  • Physical, emotional, spiritual and social support to patients and caregivers
  • Concentrates on pain control to obtain a comfort level, which the patient helps choose
  • Focus on additional symptom management for additional comfort and quality of life
  • Care provided in the patient's residence, whether their or another's home, nursing home, assisted living or residential care facility
  • Belief that quality of life is as important as quantity of life
  • Massage therapy and Healing Touch (including essential oils and music)
  • Short-term hospital inpatient or respite care available when needed

Your Hospice Team


Visits the patient in their place of residence as often as necessary.

Patient’s Personal Physician: 

Continues to be involved in the patient’s care.

Medical Director:

Advises the Hospice Team about issues related to medical care.

Social Worker:

Offers the patient and family support in coping with the emotional and financial stresses.

Spiritual Coordinator:

Provides an objective, listening presence as one considers questions about the purpose of life, suffering, self-worth, need for forgiveness, and the progressive losses accompanying terminal illness.

Health Care Aide/Homemaker:

Assists with personal cares and/or light housekeeping.


Offer the patient and family a trusted companion and growing friendship. They are available to run errands, assist with light housekeeping, and give relief to the caregiver.

Massage Therapy & Healing Touch:

Healing Touch is an energy therapy using gentle touch to align body-mind-spirit, promote relaxation and stress reduction.  

Bereavement Support:

Continues on after the death of a loved one. We offer grief mailings, supportive phone contacts or home visits, and support groups.

Call Howard County Community Hospice when:

  • A loved one or friend would benefit from our Hospice Team
  • You are interested in being a Hospice volunteer
  • You would like more information
  • You need a speaker for your group or organization

• Howard County Community Hospice is Medicare certified.  Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's benefits and private insurance can be billed.  No one is denied service because of inability to pay.

• Serving all of Howard County and portions of Chickasaw, Floyd, Mitchell and Winneshiek counties.

• Howard County Community Hospice works with all providers from all medical facilities.

Howard County Community Hospice
235 8th Avenue West
Cresco, IA 52136
Phone: 563-547-2989
Fax: 563-547-4223

• Memorials and donations are welcome.

"Howard County Community Hospice assisted me in having my husband remain at home during the final weeks of his life.  Their informative staff was caring and truthful in guiding us through the 'end of life' process.  We were provided medical equipment, medicines to ease him, and literature to inform us, as well as nurse and personal care visits, which were available to attend our needs 24-7."  - From the wife of a former Hospice patient.

Hospice is a non-profit organization committed to providing care regardless of race, color, age, creed, national origin, disabilities, or disease process.


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