For the past 30 years, HospiceCare has grown from a small volunteer organization that cared for seven patients in 1979 in Charleston, to a major health care provider with 240 employees that provided comprehensive end-of-life care last year to more than 2,000 patients in 16 countries throughout West Virginia.
HospiceCare programs include care for the terminally ill that are provided in the patients’ homes, assisted living and nursing home facilities, inpatient units in hospitals and at the Hubbard Hospice House, the state’s first 24-bed in-patient hospice facility. In addition to our main office in Charleston, Hospice Care operates satellite offices in Lewisburg, Madison and Summersville.
HospiceCare also offers palliative care consulting, adult daycare for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and Kids Path, a program dedicated to helping children afflicted with a life-threatening illness that has not been diagnosed as terminal.
Admission to HospiceCare is contingent on a doctor’s diagnosis of a terminal illness by which the patient is given a prognosis of six months or less, should the disease follow its natural course and curative measures are no longer effective or the individual wants to discontinue treatment.
A referral can be made by the patient, family, friend, nursing facility or doctor. Once the patient’s physician confirms the need for hospice services, a nurse and social worker will visit to explain the plan of care and to assess the patient’s needs, as well as those of the family. Services usually begin immediately after the patient is admitted.
HospiceCare offers an interdisciplinary team approach to care for around 300 patients and their families each day. In addition to the patient’s primary care physician, our medical director, a nurse case manager, social worker, certified nursing assistant, bereavement counselor and chaplain work together to provide the highest quality of care possible. HospiceCare also depends on our devoted team of more than 300 caring volunteers to sit with our terminally ill patients, run errands for caregivers, and help out around the office. They are truly “the heart” of hospice.
Hospice is most effective when services are received early in the illness. Families repeatedly share that they wish they had called HospiceCare sooner so that their loved ones could have benefited more from its support and services.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover hospice services. For those patients without insurance, the agency receives funds through community donations that help offset the cost of care.
It is the philosophy of HospiceCare that no person meeting the admission criteria will be denied services because of gender, race, religion or inability to pay. For more information about our programs and services, please contact us at (304) 768-8523, or toll free at (800) 560-8523, or visit us online at 222.hospicecarewv.org. Our main office is located at 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV 25312.
HospiceCare services Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Roane, Summers and Webster counties.