There’s no place like home.
In-Home Hospice Care
What Does In-Home Hospice Provide?
- Medical and nursing care under the guidance of a registered nurse care manager in the patient’s own home, their nursing home, or other facility.
- Social work services for referrals to available community, financial and legal resources, and for counseling, if needed.
- An interfaith chaplain trained to help with grief and loss who works closely with the patient’s own clergy to provide spiritual support.
- Certified Nurse’s Aides to assist with bathing and personal care.
- Specially-trained volunteers to offer support and respite in the patient’s own home.
- Grief support services throughout the terminal illness and following the patient’s death.
How Can I Determine if In-Home Hospice is Appropriate?
The patient, family and/or physician can initiate hospice information / referral call or visit as soon as a terminal disease is diagnosed. When the patient would like to move from a treatment plan focused on curing the disease to a plan focused on providing comfort and relief, they may choose in-home hospice care. At this point, the local hospice workers will meet with the patient’s personal physician, the patient and the family to discuss available services and expectations, and to develop a plan of care designed specifically for the patient and family needs.
How Does Someone Become a Hospice Patient?
The patient, family or physician can call (360) 733-5877 to ask for hospice information or admission.
Hospice Admits Patients Who:
- Have an illness causing a limited life expectancy
- Choose to have care aimed at providing comfort when curing the disease is no longer possible
- Have a doctor’s order for hospice care
Who Provides In-Home Care?
All Whatcom Hospice clinical services, including those provided at Hospice House, are delivered by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with sustaining annual support provided by the Foundation. Whatcom Hospice Foundation and PeaceHealth are committed to maintaining a strong collaborative partnership that results in top quality end of life care for every patient in need, regardless of ability to pay.