Choosing The Right Hospice
“I used to think hospice was about quitting and giving up, and now I realize it’s about hope.”
- A patient’s wife
It’s time. You’re facing a life-limiting illness and have decided to enter hospice, an approach to the end of life that provides terminally ill patients with compassionate medical care and symptom relief with dignity, peace, and respect. But, not all hospices are alike.
Just as every medical clinic is different, so is every hospice. How do you choose?
The following are recommendations from Consumer Reports and The Kiplinger Letter on how to select a hospice:
Choose a nonprofit hospice with more than 20 years of experience.
√ The oldest and most experienced hospice, Hospice of the Piedmont is the region’s only community-based, not-for-profit hospice, serving tens of thousands of patients since 1980.
Opt for one with hospice-certified doctors and nurses on staff, available 24 hours a day.
√ Hospice of the Piedmont is the only hospice in the region with a full-time medical director, Angela Stiltner, MD, HMDC, certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and as a Hospice Medical Director. Our expert staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pick a hospice with an in-patient unit, where you can go if your symptoms can no longer be managed by hospice at home.
√ Hospice of the Piedmont has in-patient contracts with UVA and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospitals, as well as contracts for in-patient care at Culpeper Hospital and Fauquier. But, we go beyond area for-profit hospices and also offer our beautiful Hospice House, one of only a few licensed residential hospice facilities in the state, and our cutting edge Center for Acute Hospice Care (CAHC), a state-of-the art, 10-bed hospice unit at the Northridge Medical Park on Ivy Road.
You want a hospice that provides care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
√ Your dedicated Hospice of the Piedmont care team comes to you wherever you are: at home or in a retirement community, assisted living facility, nursing home, or hospital.
Choose a hospice with a full team that includes social workers, chaplains, and art therapists on staff.
√ Hospice of the Piedmont provides care for the body, mind, and spirit. Our certified chaplains and social workers address your family’s non-medical needs on the end-of-life journey. Our certified art therapists work with children and teens to process grief and loss through expressive means. HOP's art therapists also provide art therapy by the bedside to our patients.
You need a hospice that has Medicare approval to cover certain services.
√ Hospice of the Piedmont is Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, so eligible patients are covered for all needs related to their primary illness with no deductible or co-payment. Patients who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and have no private insurance coverage may qualify for hospice care at a reduced rate or no charge. No one is ever turned away for financial reasons.
√ Hospice of the Piedmont goes beyond providing superior, compassionate comfort care to terminally ill patients and offers loved ones a safe and supportive place to mourn in our comprehensive, caring grief support programs.
Remember, while patients are often referred to hospice by their doctors, you and your family have a say in the decision...and can even make your own referral to the hospice program of your choice. We hope you choose Hospice of the Piedmont.
Need end-of-life comfort care and support and don’t know where to turn?
No worries. We can help.
Contact Hospice of the Piedmont now: 1-800-975-5501, 434-817-6900, or [email protected].