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Growing Hospice Finds New Home

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The Flathead's population, following a national trend, is not only growing, but aging as well, translating into a higher demand for end-of-life care.

Tuesday, October 1 is the Frontier Hospice's last day in the Montana Building. After five years on 2nd Avenue East in Kalispell, they are moving to Buffalo Stage Professional Park--doubling their space because they say there has been an increased need in the Flathead Valley.

"I think there's starting to be a better understanding of what Hospice is and what the benefit of Hospice is," said Jenna Justice, the branch manager of the Frontier Hospice.

Increased awareness has meant a lot of work for the Hospice clinicians, especially this week: moving out of a 1,500 square foot space and into a 2,400 hundred square foot office, where the tools are whirring until the last minute. Frontier Hospice still sees more room for growth, though.

"I wish people understood that it's a benefit for folks with serious illness. That it's not necessarily just care in the last couple of days of life, but really six months and there are so many things that a hospice team can do to support both patient and family," explained Justice.

Justice oversees twenty cases, on average. Three of the patients under Hospice care today are from Prestige Assisted Living.

"Not only do they provide emotional support, nursing support, social services, and chaplain support for the residents--they also provide that same support for their family members and even the staff here," said Patty Cordell, the executive director at Prestige.

Cordell says she believes Hospice could benefit even more than three of her forty-five residents.

"I see our relationship with Frontier even growing," said Cordell.

Justice says she thinks Frontier Hospice will continue to grow, in part, because they never turn away patients for financial reasons.

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