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Hospice of Washington County

is a philosophy of care that assists patients, family and friends during the final stages of a terminal illness.

affirms life and helps patients by encouraging them to participate in life as fully as possible.

promotes dignity and emphasizes quality of life for those who choose to remain at home in familiar surroundings with those they love.

neither hastens nor postpones death, but helps patients and families view this final journey as a natural process of life.

The Hospice of Washington County exists to provide support and care for a person during the last months of an incurable illness. Care for the terminally ill involves treatment that enhances comfort and improves the quality of the person’s life. The focus of Hospice care concentrates on care, not cure.

Hospice Care includes skilled nursing, homemaker and home health aide, volunteer services, pastoral and social work services, medical and pharmaceutical consultations, as well as massage and music therapy sessions. We also have on our interdisciplinary team a physical therapist and a speech and swallow pathologist to provide care when needed. These professionals, under the direction of the Hospice Medical Director and the patient’s attending physician, plan the health care services that are to be provided.

“Services” are planned to meet the individual and family’s needs. Hospice care focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual comfort of both the patient and family. Hospice care centers around care being provided in the comfort of a person’s own home. “Home” in Hospice Care is defined as the place where the patient currently resides whether that is in a house, an apartment, or a Retirement Community with a variety of places to stay such as Cottages, Condominiums, or Residential Assisted Living Apartments or in a Skilled Nursing Facility or Health Center. Hospice of Washington County brings compassionate care and comfort wherever it is needed.

Patients want and deserve to be cared for in their homes and Hospice of Washington County provides this opportunity in the most caring, efficient and cost-effective way. Our attention is on the needs and desires of our community. The goal of the Hospice of Washington County is the provision of hospice services to those who so desperately need them.

Mission Statement

Hospice of Washington County will provide services to patients who are medically diagnosed as terminally ill, and for their families, during such illness and the following period of bereavement, to help ease physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual discomforts attendant upon such illness and death. Hospice of Washington County seeks to help the dying person and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. It assists and encourages family members and friends, as primary care givers, to participate in the patient’s care and provide support to the care giver. For those persons who do not have primary care givers, Hospice seeks to identify, teach, coordinate and supervise persons to give care to the patient.

Focus of Hospice Care

Comfort, rather than curative measures

24 hour call, 7 days a week availability

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