Marcus Daly Hospice

End-of-Life Care in Ravalli County

Marcus Daly Hospice offers comfort, care and dignity for patients and their families facing an incurable, life-threatening condition, so that they may live as fully and independently as they wish.

At Marcus Daly Hospice we recognize how difficult it can be for the patient and family when someone is nearing the end of life. Our Hospice Team focuses on making this transition as smooth, peaceful and comfortable as possible. We focus on patient comfort, family education and addressing whatever the needs are at any given time.

The hospice philosophy affirms life, and does not hasten or postpone death. It promotes understanding and accepting that the journey of life eventually leads to death, and seeks to preserve and promote the inherent potential for growth within individuals and families during this last phase of life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hospice?

Is focused on providing comfort and quality for patients and families facing end of life challenges. Aims to treat, prevent or relieve the symptoms of a life-threatening illness, but not to cure it. Strives to honor the dignity and choices of each patient and family to help them remain in control their care plan. Encompasses each person's unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Provides support to the patient, caregivers, family and friends both prior to, and after death.

Who qualifies for Hospice?

Hospice care is appropriate for anyone with a terminal/qualifying diagnosis, a less than six month life expectancy and for those who have chosen to seek pain and symptom management instead of life prolonging treatments. If your condition improves, you chose to pursue curative treatments or you change your mind, you can revoke participation at any time.

What services does Hospice provide?

Our interdisciplinary team of nurses, certified aides, social workers, therapists, chaplains, pharmacists, volunteers and medical director work alongside you, your family and your physician. Our goal is to provide treatment of the person rather than the disease and focus on quality rather than quantity of life. Our services include thorough assessments, development of a comprehensive care plan, pain and symptom relief, medications related to the terminal diagnosis, medical supplies and equipment, education for caregivers, spiritual and emotional support, bereavement counseling, personal assistance and companionship and on-call hospice nurses 24/7 to answer questions or make home visits.

Where is Hospice Care provided?

Hospice services may be provided either in the patient’s place of residence (Home Hospice) (home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility) or in our Hospice Center, depending on each individual’s needs and situation.

When utilizing Home Hospice Services, typically a spouse, child or paid care provider will serve as the primary caregiver with Hospice staff and volunteers making regular visits to assist, educate and enhance the quality of care. Specific visit frequency, level of care and team member involvement will depend on each patient’s needs, their hospice plan of care and the patient’s current condition. We are also able to provide 24 hour care in our Hospice Center, which is a part of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, when patient needs can no longer be met in the home or when caregivers need a break.

Our goal in the Hospice Center is for each patient and family to feel at home. Patients are encouraged to have visitors anytime and our six beautifully decorated suites were designed with space to accommodate overnight guests. Each patient is encouraged to personalize their hospice suite with photos and other items from home that transform the space into their own.

Beautifully landscaped grounds, with a memory walk and gazebo, give each patient and their guests the opportunity to enjoy views of the Bitterroot Mountains and a peaceful place to sit outside and reflect while enjoying the mountain air.

Enjoy home cooked meals, dine with family and friends, or relax in front of the fire place in our spacious and fully equipped kitchen, dining and living room areas. Whatever it is, we strive to make sure that our patient needs are fulfilled.

Who pays for Hospice?

Hospice benefits are available to patients with Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and many private insurance plans. If you don’t have funding, MDMH offers a Financial Assistance Program (Click here for more info or to fill out an application)

How can I be referred to Hospice?

Referrals for hospice care may come from many possible sources, including physicians, care providers, family members or prospective patients themselves. Call our Intake Coordinator at 406-363-6503 for a free consultation to determine whether or not hospice care would be appropriate for you or your loved one.

Our non-profit Hospice has been an integral part of the community since it was established in 1983; our Hospice Center opened in 2001. It is the on-going generosity and support of the communities of the Bitterroot Valley that have made our success possible.

Bereavement Services and Events

Marcus Daly Hospice provides bereavement services for families for the first 12 months after the death of their loved one. We provide community education and support groups relating to issues of death and dying, and end-of-life care.

To view all Bereavement Services and Events, click here.

Contact Us

1200 Westwood Drive
Hamilton, MT 59840
Telephone: (406) 363-6503

Please join us and for questions feel free to call Marcus Daly Bereavement Coordinator at (406) 363-6503.


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