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Hospice Care

Lower Columbia Hospice helps families navigate terminal illness or the end stage of life. We understand that the end of life is about so much more than the logistics of physical care. That's why we provide emotional support and companionship for the entire family. We listen to you to learn what you want this time to be like. Then we do our best to make that vision a reality.

Hospice services

Lower Columbia Hospice is an outreach program of Columbia Memorial Hospital. We serve all of Clatsop County with compassionate, in-home hospice care.

Many people view hospice as something just for the last few weeks of life. But quality hospice care can be an integrated part of your treatment for as long as you need it. We coordinate care with your primary care provider and work together to give you the best quality of life possible.

We bring expert care to you with home visits by nurses and other health professionals — whether home is a private home, a nursing home or another facility. Your hospice team can:

  • Manage symptoms and pain.
  • Assist with prescribed medical treatments.
  • Teach family members how to care for you.
  • Obtain medical equipment and supplies.
  • Assist with physical, occupational and speech therapy.
  • Provide information about insurance, financial aid, in-home health and transportation.

Our team is also on call 24 hours a day for crisis assistance.

Your caring hospice team

Hospice requires caregivers with a special touch. Our hospice nurses are called to this work. They're passionate about supporting patients and families during a difficult time. Our team stays on top of hospice and palliative care research. And we work closely with other care providers. This helps us provide care that is comprehensive and truly multidisciplinary.

Your primary care provider can refer you to hospice. Or you can reach out to us at 503.338.6230 to discuss what services are available. Medicare and Medicaid both cover hospice care, and most private insurance does too. But we accept patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Grief support

Hospice care continues after loss. We provide a full range of grief support services for families.

It can help to talk to people who are having similar experiences. Our drop-in grief support group meets the third Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Ask for the meeting room at the hospital front desk.

We also offer a robust eight-week grief support program. This group meets once a week and works through the program together. Our bereavement coordinator can also meet with you one-on-one, if you prefer.

Grief support services are available to everyone in our community. It doesn't matter if your loved one was a hospice patient or how long ago the loss happened. We are here for you.

To learn more about grief support services, call 503.338.6230 or email Jeanette Johnson.

Get involved with Lower Columbia Hospice

Much of what we do is only possible thanks to the support of our community. If you'd like to be involved, we have volunteer opportunities available. See Volunteer Services to get started. Or if you'd like to support hospice with a financial gift, please visit the CMH Foundation.