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Nov 7 2013
Understanding Hospice Care

Through a dedicated team of hospice staff and volunteers, each year more than 800 patients with a life-limiting illness and their families receive care and support from Carroll Hospice, an affiliate of Carroll Hospital Center.

In honor of National Home Care and Hospice Month, here are a few things you may not know about hospice care:

  • Hospice isn’t just for the last few days of life. Patients with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of less than six months are eligible to receive hospice care.
  • Hospice provides dignified, comfortable symptom management through an interdisciplinary team consisting of the patient’s physician, hospice nurses and aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and volunteers.
  • Terminally ill people of all ages and with any medical condition can benefit from hospice care.
  • Hospice care can take place in a patient’s residence, whether that is a private home, nursing home or assisted living facility.
  • Dove House, Carroll Hospice’s inpatient facility in Westminster, provides 24-hour care for patients who require short-term symptom management that cannot be provided in their current residence.
  • Hospice helps patients and their families deal with the physical, emotional and psychological effects of a terminal illness.
  • Bereavement support is provided for the family during hospice care and for at least 13 months after the patient has died.
  • Carroll Hospice also provides bereavement services to the community in the forms of year-round support groups, individual counseling and special programs.

The staff at Carroll Hospice believe in helping patients experience peace, comfort and dignity at the end of their lives through effective pain and symptom management. We promote a caring community, sensitive to the needs of hospice patients and their families, and support family members and other caregivers in their efforts to care for a loved one.

To learn more about the care Carroll Hospice provides, please visit our website or call 410-871-8000.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.

Diane Link is the executive director of Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice.


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