Wellmont Health System’s hospice care experts are committed to honoring life for all patients and providing families the support they need during their important times of transition.
The goal of hospice care is to allow patients to live as fully as possible, while focusing on helping them remain comfortable during the final stages of life.
When possible, hospice provides support at home – where patients and families usually prefer to be – for those in the end stages of progressive, incurable illnesses.
Inpatient hospice care may also be offered to patients who have symptoms that can no longer be controlled in the home setting.
The main purpose of hospice is to provide effective management of pain and other symptoms of end-stage illness and to offer supportive services for patients and their families.
Physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs are addressed to offer hope, comfort and support.
Since home is typically a patient's most familiar environment, it is likely the one that provides the greatest sense of security and comfort. In fact, hospice care may be provided anywhere a patient lives, including a nursing home or assisted-care facility.
In situations where hospice care needs to be provided outside the home, we offer the
Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Tenn. This beautiful facility – the first freestanding hospice built in Tennessee – has served the Tri-Cities region for almost two decades, providing exceptional hospice care close to home.
With its dedicated medical director, the hospice house offers intensive symptom management, respite care, pediatric hospice care and an impressive nurse-to-patient ratio that allows caregivers to spend more time focusing on the needs of patients and families.
Outside the typical hospice settings, Wellmont's experts offer a variety of hospice services in local Tri-Cities communities, including special programs like
Camp Caterpillar and the "We Honor Veterans" program.
Grief support groups are offered at regular intervals throughout Wellmont's service area to anyone who has lost a loved one.
Hospice team members at Wellmont strive to honor each patient by providing exceptional care. We are also committed to ensuring families have the support they need.
Our hospice services are unique because they offer national quality while maintaining the personal touch that many local patients and families appreciate. Hospice staff members understand the value of being cared for by friends and neighbors.
Wellmont's hospice program is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the Tennessee Hospice Organization and Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care, as well as the Hospice Foundation of America. These recognitions and affiliations help ensure we offer a full range of services, the level of quality and care you expect and the respect you and your loved ones deserve.
You or your loved one's primary physician may continue to provide care during your hospice treatment.
Or the provider may choose to have the hospice medical director assume care. The hospice medical director is a licensed physician with specialized training and certification in care and symptom management for patients facing the end of life.
Medicare, Medicaid, TennCare and most commercial insurance programs cover hospice services, in many cases with no co-pay. For those who are unable to pay, hospice services may also be provided under certain circumstances.
Hospice staff members are available to speak to civic organizations, churches and other groups on a variety of end-of-life topics. Please call (423) 844-5252 for more information.
If you have a family member or loved one who requires hospice care, Wellmont's hospice experts want to help ease that burden. Please contact us at (423) 844-5252 or 800-844-4070 for more information.
Be part of helping ensure that each and every patient receives the care and dignity they deserve during the final stages of life's journey.
Hospice plays a key role in patients lives, and volunteers play key roles in the provision of exceptional hospice care at Wellmont.
Do you have a hospice experience or word of thanks you'd like to share? If so, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
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