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Care Initiatives Hospice will open an office in the old Casey’s building at 901 W. Main St. in Manchester this fall.

A hospice organization specializing in serving Iowa patients and families will open a Manchester location this fall in the old Casey’s building on the west side of town.

Care Initiatives Hospice has set an October opening for their location at 901 W. Main St.

Care Initiatives Hospice has locations in 71 Iowa counties. Kim Lindaman, team director for the company’s Waterloo office, said Manchester is a good fit for the organization.

“Our hospice philosophy is that when we are called, we try to be at a client’s place within the hour, no matter where they live,” she explained. “We have been serving Buchanan and Fayette counties and have recently added Dubuque and Clayton counties. So Manchester, geographically, is located for us to be able to serve patients in all those counties quickly and efficiently.”

Lindaman said many people still have a misconception of what hospice service can provide for patients and families.

“Hospice is about redefining your goals when aggressive treatment is no longer an option. For the patients we serve, the focus shifts from quantity of time to quality of time. We try to do our best to make that quantity of time the best quality of life everyone can look forward to.”

The non-profit, community-based hospice is currently interviewing for staff positions in Manchester. Lindaman said she expects a staff of 10 to begin, with additional staff hired later.

Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lindaman said besides those office hours, a nurse is available 24 hours a day every day.

She added the company is looking forward to being a part of Manchester. “We had done some touring of the area and saw that Manchester is such a neat community. Everyone has been so open, welcoming and helpful. The community is so engaged and active.”