New Patients

When Shirkey Hospice & Palliative Care manages an individual’s symptoms and provides comfort and support, our focus is maintaining quality of life for the individual. In general, there are 8 life-limiting conditions for which we provide patient-focused comfort care:

  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Neurological diseases
  • Failure to thrive
Photo of Elderly Patient Being Helped
Photo of Cancer Patient with Caregiver

When to Consider Hospice Care

  • Diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or condition with a prognosis of six months or less of life
  • Symptoms or trips to the hospital become persistent
  • Treatments are no longer effective or cause more harm than the cure
  • Difficulty managing pain or symptoms
  • Declining condition
  • A change in cognitive and functional abilities
  • Difficulty with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting

Other considerations

  • Wishing to remain at home, rather than in a hospital
  • Caregivers feeling overwhelmed

Financial Considerations

Once an individual meets hospice eligibility criteria, Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers pay for hospice care, which includes:
  • Nursing care
  • Hospice aides
  • Physician-directed services
  • Medications
  • Medical equipment
  • Medical social services
  • Therapies
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Spiritual care
  • Continuous care during final hours
  • Bereavement services
Photo of Elderly Couple Financal Planning
Shirkey Hospice Service Area

Where We Serve

Shirkey Hospice serves the needs of individuals and their families who live in Ray, Caldwell and Carroll counties.

Call us anytime if you have questions:
Richmond Office – 816-776-5403, Ext. 1
Carrollton Office – 660-542-1679


Shirkey Hospice & Palliative Care’s volunteer program is always seeking community members to lend a hand, lend an ear and share their talents. If interested in becoming a meaningful part in a person’s quality of life, please contact us. Examples of volunteer support are friendly visits, a game of cards, letter writing, Bible study or running an errand to relieve caregivers. If you would like to be a volunteer, please call the Richmond office at 816-776-5403, Ext. 1, and ask for our Volunteer Coordinator.

Refer a Patient

Most times, primary care physicians or caregivers are the first to recognize when a patient or loved one would benefit from hospice care. Shirkey Hospice & Palliative Care’s hometown approach is doing whatever it takes to make individuals and their loved ones feel comfortable, loved and cared for. Our approach begins with same-day admissions when possible because time is of the essence.

Company Policy

Shirkey Hospice & Palliative Care does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in admission, treatment or participation in its program, services or activities, or in its employment.


Shirkey Hospice is dedicated to making each moment matter for the people we serve. Our hometown approach to hospice care means we go beyond what is required, and do whatever it takes for the benefit of the patient and their family.