Hospice House

A warm and welcoming 12-bed Hospice House with the security of 24-hour skilled patient care.

Whatcom Hospice House

What Does Hospice Care Provide?

    • Medical and nursing care under the guidance of a registered nurse care manager
    • 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
    • Specially-trained volunteers to offer support and respite
    • Grief support services throughout the terminal illness and following the patient’s death

What is Whatcom Hospice House?

The Whatcom Hospice House enables patients with a limited life expectancy to live the final days of their lives in a comfortable, family-friendly environment. Patients receive the compassionate, individualized care they require in the comfort of a private room.

Patient rooms are designed to cater to the unique needs of each resident. Every patient room features a fully electric bed, call system, television and DVD player, recliner, ceiling mounted patient lift to facilitate safe transfers from chair to bed, individually climate controlled rooms, mini-fridge and wheelchair accessible private bath. Extra wide doors, from the patient room to the private patio that comes standard with each room, allows the bed or recliner to be moved outside at the patient’s request.

Families are encouraged to visit or stay for as long as desired. To make this possible, day beds and storage space are standard in every patient room. The family room, complete with a fireplace and wireless internet, provides a room for guests to eat, watch a movie or entertain young visitors through crafts and games. A laundry facility is also available for guests to wash their personal items.

A sanctuary and private meeting room complete the Whatcom Hospice House.

Hospice House Photo Tour

A modern, comfortable hospice house in Bellingham.

Friendly, helpful staff are available 24 hours a day.

Founders Wall with glass plaques recognizing gifts to hospice.

Hospice House provides a comfortable, homelike setting.

Our private rooms include accessible bathrooms.

A quiet place of refuge for patients and guests of all faiths.

A family room provides a larger space for guests.

Family room kitchenette with coffee, tea and refreshments.

A cozy fireplace nook with comfortable seating in the family room.

Every patient room enjoys a private, ground-level patio.

A peaceful fountain enhances the hospice grounds.

A donor recognition sculpture created by artist Joe Clark.

A donor recognition sculpture created by Shirley Erickson.

How Can I Determine if Hospice House 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 hospice house. 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.

Impact of Hospice

Volunteers, donors, and staff of the Whatcom Hospice Foundation and of Whatcom Hospice ensure our community has access to top-quality end of life care.