About Hospice Friends

Have you ever said, “When I die, I don’t want to be in pain, alone, or in a hospital, hooked up to machines?” Hospice Friends partners with Kittitas Valley Healthcare to help you to do just that – spend the last hours, days, and even months of your life free of pain, at home surrounded by your loved ones.                                                                                                           Hospice Friends was established in 1983 by two kind hearted souls looking for support of the terminally-ill.  Peg Rowbotham and Enid Gage, set forth to establish Hosice of Kittitas County to provide Respite Volunteer services, Bereavement and limited wound care for the terminally-ill.  They served the community independantly until 1996, when we changed our name to Hospice Firends and contracted with, now Kittitas Valley Healthcare to provide volunteer and bereavement services.  This transition into a Medicare funded Hospice program through Kittitas Valley Healthcare releived the wound care duties and provided a professional medical staff to look after hospice patients in Kittitas County.  We have continued our service of providing volunteers and supplies to the terminally-ill, frail elderly and those facing short term mecial issues.  We now serve consistantly over 600 individuals and families per year providing over $141,000, of services and suplies to our residents, free of charge.

Hospice Friends  provides volunteers to help patients, along with their family and friends, to focus on what is most important to them – allowing people to spend time together, share memories, say goodbyes, find peace or care for one another. This time is often difficult yet many families report that Hospice Friends helped them to care for their loved one and find meaning and even joy in the final days of life.

Advance Directive Assistance

The issues surrounding serious illness and death aren’t always easy to discuss with loved ones. You may find yourself in a situation in which you’re unable to communicate your wishes regarding the extent of treatment efforts, such as resuscitation and life-support machines. Everyone, regardless of your current health, is encouraged to fill out an Advance Directive so that those closest to you will know what to do if you unable to communicate your wishes to medical personnel.

Be Prepared

Because the decision to accept hospice services is a difficult one for most people, the time to learn about hospice is before a life threatening illness occurs.