Caring for someone who is living with a life-limiting illness can be challenging but rewarding at the same time. Hospice House & Support Care is honored to be invited into the care of individuals as they travel this journey. A number of services are provided including:
Support for the Treatment & Recovery of Illness (STAR)
During treatment and recovery, the stresses experienced and the support needed are often very similar to those of hospice patient families. This program provides non-medical volunteers in the home to provide companionship, practical assistance, compassionate listeners, resource information, suggestions for coping, and cheerleader encouragement for those with a life-limiting illness. Individuals may be continuing treatment and recover completely from the program and do not have to be hospice certified to receive services.
Support in the Home
The level of care at home or at Hospice House is non-medical and supportive; at Hospice House, as in the patient’s own home, medical care continues to be coordinated by the medical agency hospice nurse and personal physician. Support in the home includes:
- Care needs assessment – Director of Patient/Family Volunteer Services
- Respite for caregivers – A trained volunteer will stay with the patient to give the caregiver time out
- Volunteer assistance with transportation to medical appointments, errands, etc.
- Equipment and supplies – Various sick room supplies and equipment are available for loan
- Caregiver support/guidance – Nurse Consultant
- Spiritual care and support – Chaplain
- Library– Educational, supportive and inspirational literature and books
Support at Hospice House
Hospice House is a spacious residential center designed as a “home away from home” for those who are caring for a terminally ill loved one. With four guestrooms, a kitchen, family room and sunroom, surrounded by gardens and woods, Hospice House accommodates up to four guests, with ample space for family and friends to gather. Caregivers are welcome to remain with the guest as much as they like, but are also encouraged to take ‘time out’ as needed in our shared family quarters that include kitchen and living areas. Hospice House is staffed around the clock, and visiting hours are unlimited. Respite care for those with a hospice certification may be scheduled for up to a week. End of life care is scheduled as needed.
Services at Hospice House
- 24-hour care provided by trained staff including assistance with personal hygiene
- Assistance in taking medication.
- Light meals
- Bed and bath linens provided
- Spiritual care and support
Admission Criteria for Services at Hospice House
- The patient and caregiver are being served by a Hospice Agency.
- The patient’s behavior is not disruptive and does not present a danger to self or others.
- The patient and caregiver agree to a plan for care that includes a projected length of stay and a plan for discharge.
- Level of care at home or at Hospice House is non-medical and supportive. At Hospice House, as in the patient’s own home, medical care continues to be coordinated by the Hospice nurse and personal physician.
The Hospice Support team considers requests for admission based on admission criteria and individual needs.
There is no charge for services of Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg.