Hospice of Charles County, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides effective pain and symptom management to individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness, regardless of their ability to pay, and through the efforts of certified, skilled-care professionals and trained volunteers, provides emotional and spiritual support to sustain the quality-of-life for patients and caregivers.
For a full overview of Hospice of Charles County and the services that we provide please download our full brochure here.
Hospice at Home
Did you know most Hospice of Charles County patients receive care in their own homes? Helping people live out their lives in dignity and comfort in their own homes is Hospice of Charles County’s core service. Living safely and comfortably at home can be one of the best ways of supporting quality of life during a loved one’s end of life. Members of the Hospice of Charles County team visit patients wherever they live within the county. This includes single-family homes and apartments, as well as extended care facilities, assisted living centers or nursing homes. If a patient has severe symptoms which cannot be managed at home, a short stay at Hospice House can help resolve the crisis.
Hospice in Extended Care Facilities
Hospice of Charles County can provide care to patients who live in extended care facilities. Hospice of Charles County has close ties with many nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Charles County. A specialized hospice team partners with caregivers at those facilities to bring more eyes, hands, and experience to patient and family care. Our team approach brings specialized end-of-life care for patients living in facilities. We offer emotional support, including bereavement care, to family and friends of patients in these facilities, as well as to other caregivers. Additionally, our volunteers can be available to patients and families while in extended care facilities. Volunteers can help run errands or simply provide companionship to patients and families.
Wherever you need us.
A fact of life we all die. But the positive impact you have on others will be a living legacy.
~ Catherine Pulsifer
The Hospice House
Our Hospice House is the only all-hospice, acute care, inpatient medical facility in Charles County. The Hospice House offers a comfortable, homelike atmosphere, and all patient rooms are private. Meals are cooked in our kitchen on-site, and snacks are always available. Patients and families appreciate that there are no limits to visiting hours. The Hospice House has a highly-skilled team of professionals who are experts in end-of-life care. All Hospice House patients receive around-the-clock monitoring and care from our team, which includes doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains and highly-trained volunteers. The Hospice House is a recommended option when a patient’s pain and symptoms cannot be safely or appropriately managed at home, or when symptoms require intensive nursing and medical care and attention.
Who Benefits from Hospice?
- Hospice of Charles County can help persons of all ages who:
- Has an illness that is progressing
- Has a life expectancy that is limited
- Chosen comfort care when treatments for cure are no longer effective
- Lives in Charles County
- Talk to the professionals at Hospice of Charles County today; we can help you understand the choices available to you and your family
- Has an illness that is progressing
What can you Expect?
Coping with a life-limiting illness can be difficult for patients, family and friends. Fortunately, hospice provides health care to hospice_photo_13people with any life-limiting illness so they can live out their lives in comfort, with dignity and on their own terms. Hospice care also embraces the loved ones of those who are sick.
The Hospice Team is made up of the patient, the caregiver, the patient’s physician, hospice’s professional staff, and trained volunteers. Everyone works in concert to bring care, comfort and dignity to the patient during this difficult time.
Most Hospice of Charles County’s care plans include:
- Nursing visits to assess needs and team care giving skills
- Help with personal care and daily activities
- Emotional support for the entire household
- Coordinating medications and supplies
- Help with obtaining equipment, like hospital beds or wheelchairs
- Assistance with spiritual concerns
- Social work advice on practical matters
- Volunteers to call, visit, and lend a hand
- Respite care
- Bereavement care
- Emergency availability of Hospice nurses and social workers 24-hours, seven days a week
How do I start?
If you think Hospice of Charles County can help you or someone you love:
- Ask the doctor if it’s time for Hospice. Remember, Hospice does not replace your physician relationship. Hospice care works with your doctor.
- Talk with family and friends, ask their support for this decision.
- Call Hospice of Charles County at 301-861-5300 or toll-free at 888-934-1268. A Hospice representative can answer your questions and arrange for a visit.
Our mission is to be fully connected to our community and ensure quality hospice care, support, and education services accessible are available to everyone. We strive to be the most effective advocate for our patients’ comfort and choice. Providing the highest quality and compassionate care, whether at home or at our facility, our patients and families will be served with the utmost dignity and respect.
Physicians can download our referral guide here.
The Charles County Chapter of Project Linus has been making blankets for the children served by Hospice of Charles County for the last three years.
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Hospice care is not a sign of giving up, but rather an opportunity for families to make the most of the time they have together with their loved one. As a caregiver of someone in hospice, you have the opportunity to help your loved one experience the greatest amount of relief possible from their pain and suffering