What Is Hospice?

Hospice Meets Your Needs

HospiceCare provides care for those whose lives are affected by a terminal illness – patients and their families. Care is provided at the patient’s home, in a participating nursing home, or in the Hubbard Hospice House.

The goal of Hospice is to ease the pain and suffering associated with the illness and focus on comfort and maximize quality of life. Hospice team members visit routinely to give care, to answer questions, to teach new and important skills, and to make each day as full of life as possible. Counselors provide care up to one year following the death of the loved one.

Patients may discontinue hospice services at any time they desire. Re-admission to HospiceCare is also possible.

The Hospice Team

Physician – either your doctor or HospiceCare’s Medical Director oversees your medical care

Nurse – makes regular visits and coordinates your plan of care with other team members; on call 24 hours/7 days a week

Social Worker – listens, counsels, and offers resources and support

Certified Nursing Assistant – provides personal care

Chaplain – available for assistance with spiritual concerns

Volunteer – offers a helping hand and a listening ear for the patient and family

Counselor – comforts during the illness and after the death of loved ones

Members of the HospiceCare Team meet weekly to discuss the plan of care of each patient. They work together to provide the highest quality of care possible.

Hospice Admission Guidelines

Individual is diagnosed with a terminal illness and is given a prognosis of 6 months or less, should the disease follow its natural course
Curative measures are no longer effective or the individual wants to discontinue these treatments
Individual resides in Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Roane, Summers and Webster counties.
Beginning Hospice Services

A referral can be made by the patient, family, friend, or doctor. When the physician confirms the need for hospice services, a nurse will visit to explain the plan of care and to assess the patient’s needs. A social worker will assess the patient’s as well as the family’s needs. Services can usually begin immediately.

Paying for Hospice Services

Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies. For those patients who do not have insurance, the agency has funds received through community donations that will cover the cost of care.