Farewell to a Yakima Icon.

We are gratified by the Hurst family’s very kind tribute to Memorial’s hospice staff: “His children would also like to thank all the staff at Cottage in the Meadow.  What an incredible place to be.  Every single staff member was so sincere, accommodating, patient, kind, and just plain wonderful.  Cottage in the Meadow provided the Read more about Farewell to a Yakima Icon.[…]

Great News For Our Donors!

It’s official—the President has signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. The new law gives taxpayers some certainty for at least another year, and in some cases, permanently. Here are some highlights of changes in effect for 2013: • The IRA charitable rollover is back for 2012 and 2013. Donors age 70½ Read more about Great News For Our Donors![…]

Secret Santas Visit Cottage in the Meadow!

One local family with eight generous children ages 6 months to 17 years, played Secret Santa and delivered heaps of soft new warm blankets and cheery holiday décor to Cottage in the Meadow on Tuesday afternoon. Led by the staff, the children excitedly paraded down the corridor and placed the pretty new blankets in what Read more about Secret Santas Visit Cottage in the Meadow![…]

Jimmy, from Les Schwab Tires, is a hospice hero,

Jimmy, from Les Schwab Tires, is a hospice hero, and probably doesn’t even know it! He came out to Cottage in the Meadow and helped…without charge…a stressed, stranded family from the West side while they were here for last goodbyes with a loved one. Thank you, Jimmy, and Les Schwab, for all your kindnesses. Yakima Read more about Jimmy, from Les Schwab Tires, is a hospice hero,[…]

Thanksgiving at Cottage in the Meadow

By Barbara Bordeaux When Mary Moore and I volunteered for a four-hour shift as receptionists at our new hospice house, Cottage in the Meadow, we didn’t think about our shift falling on Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful afternoon watching several families enjoy the facilities as they were designed to be used. The family dining area Read more about Thanksgiving at Cottage in the Meadow[…]

Cultural Sensitivity and Hospice

For many of us it is a human instinct to hope for comfort, peace, and dignity, and to be surrounded by loved ones at the end of life. Yet, there are differences in how people cope with dying and death; many of these differences reflect deeper values and priorities, often influenced by culture and circumstance. Read more about Cultural Sensitivity and Hospice[…]

Cancer and Hospice

Anyone dealing with cancer, and those who love them, knows that cancer and its treatments affect the whole person—physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and financially. Hospice sees the patient and loved ones as a single unit of care, and utilizes a team approach of care. Hospice starts with a conversation, between you and your healthcare provider, Read more about Cancer and Hospice[…]

Thank you to all of our Valley’s Veterans

Veterans and their families should be apprised of their hospice benefit upon admission. Every veteran who is enrolled in the VA system is entitled to hospice care paid for or provided by the VA; this entitlement is available regardless of category or service-connection. For more information, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 800-827-1000 Read more about Thank you to all of our Valley’s Veterans[…]

Caring for the Caregiver

Taking care of yourself is important too. Stay healthy with diet and exercise. Find someone in an online group, or in a weekly support group, with whom you can hon¬estly discuss your feelings, get advice and assistance, and talk about the frustrations and the joys that are part of the caregiving experience. Take care of Read more about Caring for the Caregiver[…]