Each of us has the desire for comfort, care and support. When someone we love has a terminal illness, these desires become critical needs. When this happens, what we want most for our loved one is compassionate support and care that allows them to live their last days with dignity and without pain. These are the types of services that can be found in Monument Health’s Hospice House. Since opening in 2007, our Hospice House has offered home-like amenities, care and comfort for patients and their families. Visits by family members and friends are welcome at the patient’s discretion. Patients can accept mail, flowers and Mylar balloons.
- Comfortable, private 24’ x 15’ rooms with a guest bed
- Gorgeous views – each room has a deck or patio and low windows offering beautiful views from the pillow
- Great room with fireplace and couches where family and friends can gather and relax
- Shared kitchen that family members can use; patients can also order meals off menus from Rapid City Hospital
- A guest room is available for families who wish to spend an evening at Hospice House
- Chapel and library open for reflection, reading or work
- Labyrinth and wooded peaceful areas for walking or sitting outside
- Complimentary wireless internet
- Round-the-clock care provided by registered nurses and aides
- Spa with side-entry tub or shower area
Hospice House provides three levels of care:
Acute care: The Hospice House provides 24/7 skilled nursing care for patients who are rapidly declining or where the medical condition requires skilled care.
Respite care: A five-day stay is available under Medicare, Medicaid and some insurance to allow family members a respite from caregiving.
Residential care: If hospice care at home isn’t possible, Hospice House provides residential care. Most insurance covers the hospice care at Hospice House. Patients are responsible for a $300 daily room and board cost.
Grief Counseling and Support Groups Available
Grief Counseling Services: Hospice of the Hills offers individual, couples, and family grief counseling. Counselors are professional social workers with specialized training and experience in grief and loss. Since people grieve differently, we offer counseling to meet the distinctive needs of different age groups and types of loss. Please call and schedule an appointment at (605) 755-7729.
Support Groups: Hospice of the Hills has educational, supportive grief groups available. These groups bring people together who have experienced loss and provide a safe environment to share experiences and learn from one another. We provide a variety of groups throughout the year.
Third Wednesday 3:15-4:00 pm teen group. Ages 13-19. This monthly support group is held in the counseling room in the lower level of the Hospice House 224 Elk Street. No registration required.
Tuesdays 1:00-2:15 pm, for 4 weeks – new adult group starts every month. Support group is held in the counseling room in the lower level of the Hospice House 224 Elk Street. Please call (605)755-7729 to get registered.
Grieving Parent Group. Loss from miscarriage to adolescent. Three 8-week groups per year. Please call (605) 755-7729 to get registered. Meetings held off campus. 2019 Jan. 24-March 14, 6:30-8 pm.
Thursdays 6:00-7:15 pm is a bi-weekly adult support group that is open to anyone. This support group is held in the counseling room in the lower level of the Hospice House at 224 Elk Street. No registration required.
- Jan. 10, 24
- Feb. 7, 21
- March 7, 21
- April 11, 25
- May 9, 23
- June 6, 20
- July 11, 25
- Aug. 8, 22
- Sept. 12, 26
- Oct. 10, 24
- Nov. 14
- Dec. 12
The second Friday of the month 12:00- 1:15 pm is a support group that is open to anyone dealing with loss and grief. It is held at the Hot Springs Public Library, 2005 Library Drive, Hot Springs SD 57747. No registration required.
The fourth Friday of the month from 12:00-1:15 pm is a support group that is open to anyone dealing with loss and grief. It is held in the conference room of the Monument Health Custer Hospital, 1220 Montgomery Street, Custer, SD 57730. No registration required.
Download the information sheet for the Northern Hills community grief support groups in Belle Fourche, Sturgis and Spearfish CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
For more information about how our hospice program can help you or your loved one, please call for an appointment.
(605) 755-HOME (4663)
Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
Support and Counseling Services
What People Are Saying
We will always be grateful for the personal touch and great care you gave my wife. It was more than just a job; you put your whole hearts into it. We will never forget you!
Our family felt very fortunate to have the hospice care that we did for my sister. Thank you very much for a job well done. They went above and beyond our expectations.
The professional, yet loving care shown was incredible… sincere appreciation of your help making mom’s last days peaceful for her and a comfort for us.