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A Calling to Hospice Care

—By Cara Smelcer, LPN In nursing school hospice was something I thought for sure I would never want to do. Shortly after graduation I found myself in an unsettling situation at the bedside of my terminally ill grandmother. She was more like a...

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A Last Royals Game

When a volunteer contact the Royals, they agree to host hospice patient Jean C. with nurses Erin and Michael. “I really had to talk myself into going,” said Jean. “There are things that you just know you won’t be able...

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A Legacy of Caring

Planned Giving is a Way to Give Back Karla and Tom Raupp have always supported local charities, but Karla was looking to find a special connection to give of herself. She is a nurse who began volunteering at the Kansas...

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Comfort Bags Bring a Bit of Warmth

Sandy Yonke recently made 30 comfort bags for Kansas City Hospice House™ in memory of her late husband. The comfort bags are filled with field corn and encased in a washable cover.  They can be heated in a microwave and...

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KCH Aids Ground-Breaking Program at Missouri Prisons

[caption id="attachment_3297" align="alignleft" width="300"] T-Shirt for Trainees, designed via a contest at Jefferson City Correctional Center[/caption] In a new hospice program, both patients and caregivers have been convicted of crimes. The Missouri Prison Hospice Program trains offenders to care for...

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An Honor Flight

Carl always wanted to go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., but was unable to travel. So, the Honor Flight came to him. His care team and some creative volunteers arranged a virtual Honor Flight right in his home. They...

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A Day to Remember

Tanya's dream was to marry the love of her life, but only if her family could be around her. Her very large family was in Arizona, but she was not well enough to travel. That's when her social worker, Crispian,...

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My Kingdom for a Horse

The connection with animals is unique in our experience. James is a lifelong horse lover residing at Village Shalom and one of our volunteers knew exactly what would make his day. She made a special request come true when Lady came...

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Eddie the Dog Brings Comfort

Eddie and his owner Janice are frequent volunteers at the Kansas City Hospice House™ where Eddie feels right at home. Patients and families alike take comfort from this little dog with a big, big heart. Janice is often found playing...

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Welcome to the Passages Blog

Welcome to my first blog post!  Since this is a new form of expression for me, I must admit to slight first-time jitters.  I imagine that many of my clients experience similar apprehension when coming to meet me or Jennifer...

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Our Programs

There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

Hospice

When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Hospice

Palliative Home Health

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health

Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits as needed to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Advanced Illness Support
Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel

Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Carousel
Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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