Hospice Fort Washington MD

Hospice care is a better alternative for individuals who are terminally ill and don’t wish to die in a hospital setting. Hospice services offer an improved quality of life with pain control and relief of symptoms during the last phase of life. Hospices are more private and don’t restrict visitation privileges for family members. Hospices offer the in-house medical attention terminally ill cancer and AIDS patients need while in a comfortable setting. Please scroll down to learn more and get access to the palliative services and hospices in Fort Washington, MD listed below.

Children's Hospice International
(800) 242-4453
1101 King Street, Suite 360
Alexandria, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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The Fairfax
(703) 799-1200
9160 Belvoir Woods Pkwy
Fort Belvoir, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Hospice

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The Jefferson
(703) 516-9455
900 N Taylor St
Arlington, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Continuum Care, Hospice

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Greenspring Hospice
(703) 923-3122
7414 Spring Village Dr
Springfield, VA

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Goodwin House Inc. Hospice
(703) 578-7217
3440 South Jefferson Street
Falls Church, VA
Services
Hospice Care

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Children's Hospice International
(800) 242-4453
1101 King Street, Suite 360
Alexandria, VA
Services
Hospice Care

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Goodwin House Inc. Hospice
(703) 578-7217
3440 South Jefferson Street
Falls Church, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
(202) 638-2450
555 13th St NW Ste 3 E
Washington, DC

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Goodwin House Hospice
(703) 578-7217
3440 S Jefferson St
Falls Church, VA

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Synergy HomeCare of Arlington/Alexandria
(703) 558-3435
2111 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
Services
Nursing homes, In home, Hospice

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Hospice

Hospice Services


By John Boden
ElderIssues, LLC

It is the wish of many with terminal illnesses to live their last days with dignity, comfortably at home among the people and things they love. And because of hospice, this is possible.

Hospice care is a comprehensive program that focuses on pain control and the relief of symptoms rather than treatment aimed at a cure. The program includes supportive and palliative services intended to improve the meaning and quality of the patient's life. Professional hospice team members and trained volunteers work with the family or close friends by teaching them how to manage care for the patient and giving them the emotional support to do the job.

When Is It Time for Hospice?

Hospice programs care for persons in the last months of life. Persons choose hospice when they decide to stop curative treatment or there are no further treatment options. It is important for persons entering hospice to have:

• A family member or close friend willing to be the primary caregiver who provides and manages the care at home.

• An understanding of their prognosis, that they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and also an understanding of the types of services hospice does and does not provide.

• The cooperation of their own personal physician who is willing to work with the hospice team to provide care.

All of these components must be in place in order for hospice care to be effective in the home. It needs to be stressed that although hospice care offers a desirable alternative to conventional medical treatment for many people, it is not for everyone. A person who is still looking for a cure or one who does not want to work with a caregiving team is not a good match for hospice care.

What Services Does Hospice Offer?

Nursing care: A registered nurse coordinates the care of the patient and is the link between the patient, family, and physician. The nurse provides direct care, medications, pain and physical assessment, and educates the patient and family.

Social services: The social worker provides advice and counseling to the patient and family, assists the other care team members in understanding the family dynamics and assists the family in making use of community resources.

Physician services: The patient's physician approves the treatment plan and works with the hospice team. The medical director of the hospice program acts as a consultant and a resource to the patient's physician, the patient and the other members of the hospice team.

Homecare aide and homemaker services: Aides provide assistance with daily needs such as bathing, feeding, dressing, transferring, and toileting. Homemakers are available to prepare meals, run errands, and do light house keeping.

Spiritual support: Members of the clergy are available to visit and provide spiritual support to the terminally ill and their family at home.

Trained volunteers: Dedicated people who are trained in good listeni...

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