IRH Hospice Home


I cannot say enough wonderful things about your home when my Mother was there for her short two days. Although I would give anything to have her back, my family could not have hoped for any better care for both my Mother and our family in her final days. Thank you seems like such a small statement.

-Catherine (Ethington) Schwichtenberg


The Iowa River Hospice Home is a state of the art facility. It was created through the love and generosity of many dedicated individuals who recognized the need for this specialized service. Built in 2009, patients and families find the atmosphere serene and peaceful. The home is located at 502 Plaza Heights Road, Marshalltown, Iowa. It offers 6 private suites, each equipped with a private bathroom, adjoining family room, and a fireplace. Each suite has beautiful French doors adjacent to the wrap around balcony that oversees the private wooded area of the outside landscaping. The warmth of the home is completed by the Iowa River Hospice professional staff who serve patients with care, empathy, and compassion.


We focus on providing families with a warm, home-like atmosphere where the emphasis is placed on personal dignity and a positive quality of life. Amenities include:



  • A comfortable home like environment
  • Lift Chair, TV, DVD, and telephone in each room
  • Attractively furnished living room, dining room and family kitchen
  • Chapel
  • Specialist bathtub enabling patient to enjoy a relaxing soak
  • Play area for younger visitors
  • Family bathroom with shower
  • 24-hour visiting hours
  • On-site parking
  • Laundry facilities
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Admission Criteria The Iowa Hospice home provides 3 levels of care

General Inpatient Care- GIP hospice care is available for patients who are determined to be at a level of severity whereby routine care in the home cannot meet the patient's needs. This care are for patients who develop pain or symptoms which have not responded to interventions in the home-like setting and who require short-term aggressive intervention as an inpatient to resolve the problem. Certain conditions must be met in order to qualify for this level of care. Typically, there is no additional cost to the patient with Medicare as well as with many private insurance plans

The staff at the Iowa River Hospice Home were personal, loving and wonderful to my brother and my family. They made us feel right at home.

Respite Care-Respite care provides for patient stays for up to five days in this setting. Occasionally, family members may become exhausted and require temporary relief from their care giving duties. The Medicare Hospice Benefit and most private insurances allows for this respite care break for families. While care is offered to the patient, the caregivers get time to rest so that they can resume their responsibilities. A highly skilled, specialized hospice team manages patients' needs and the many concerns surrounding a life-limiting illness, with an emphasis on personal dignity and quality of life.

The Iowa River Hospice Home is Heaven’s waiting room. -Laura Castell

Residential Care- Residential care is available for hospice-qualified patients that have stable acute symptoms who cannot be managed at home, have no family to provide the care, or prefer a more intimate home-like atmosphere outside of their own residence. Residential services provided by The Iowa River Hospice Home are similar to “routine” hospice home care. Room-and-board fees do apply, and residential care is not covered under the Hospice Medicare Benefit. Some long-term insurance plans may pay for a portion of residential care.

The staff at the IRH home has truly been a blessing for mom. She got to do things her way. Although the process has been very hard to watch happen-we feel we should be proud to say that we gave mom what she wanted for the end of her life. We will always be grateful that mom was so comfortable and not fearful at the end of her life.


You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.

-Dr. Cicely Saunders- Hospice Movement founder


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502 Plaza Heights Road

Marshalltown, IA 50158, USA

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