What is Hospice?
When a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it can be a scary and emotional time. But terminal doesn't mean immediate. Our hospice team can help you and your family understand all of your options and make the most of the time you have. By listening carefully to your goals, providing training and assistance to ensure the best care, and informing you of possible side effects from medication, we help you feel confident in caring for your loved one.
Hospice is a proven method of care designed to maximize comfort and quality of life for individuals with a life-limiting illness who are not seeking aggressive treatment. Patients receive pain and symptom management, in accordance with their own wishes, as well as emotional and spiritual support. But hospice is not just for the patient. Family members and caregivers are equally important, and receive ongoing education and support.
Our team of hospice professionals, along with highly trained volunteers, partner with families and caregivers to meet the patient's needs and wishes. For some, that may include being as pain-free as possible while for others, it may mean being as alert and active as possible to be fully present with family. The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Team includes our Hospice and Palliative Care Board Certified Medical Director, nurses and certified nursing aides, social workers, spiritual care and bereavement coordinators, other specialists as needed, and dedicated hospice volunteers.
You may receive home hospice services anywhere you call home,whether home is a private residence, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or any other facility. For individuals who are unable to remain at home, or need respite care or general inpatient level care, the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Center offers 24 hour care in a homelike setting.
A specific plan of care, unique to your family's needs, is developed through a discussion between your family or caregivers, the physicians you choose to involve, and the Hospice team. We serve all patients regardless of their type of illness, physician affiliation, or ability to pay. You don’t need a doctor’s referral. You can choose Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice as your hospice or palliative care provider. Call us for a free consultation. Click here to view our Hospice Services Directory brochure or here to view common misconceptions about hospice.
The Kees family's hospice journey
A local physician's perspective on hospice
Hospice Admission Criteria
- Patient has a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course.
- Patient desires pain management and comfort care.
- Patient does not desire aggressive medical treatments.
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