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Hospice Support: Providing Compassionate Care

Hospice care is designed for individuals facing serious illnesses with limited time left to live. Research has shown that initiating hospice care earlier can be immensely beneficial for patients, caregivers, and their families.

At Mary Washington Hospice, our primary goal is to ensure the utmost comfort and dignity for our patients. This approach not only improves the patient's quality of life but also fosters more meaningful moments with their loved ones. We focus on managing the patient's pain and addressing any other medical concerns, making it easier for them to make decisions.

Additionally, we provide support to families during this challenging time, assisting them with the necessary tasks as they navigate their loved one's illness and eventual passing.

We engage in open conversations with patients about their preferences for their remaining days, aiming to create a peaceful environment where they can be surrounded by their family and loved ones.

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Special Medical Services at Mary Washington Hospice:

At Mary Washington Hospice, we offer a range of specialized medical services as part of our hospice care, including:

  • Comprehensive Nursing Care: Our nursing team is available around the clock, 24/7, ready to assist you at any time, day or night.
  • Effective Pain Management: We excel in helping patients effectively manage their pain. In fact, 98 out of every 100 patients experience improved comfort within just 48 hours of joining our care.
  • Compassionate and Skilled Teams: Our teams consist of compassionate and highly trained individuals who specialize in providing end-of-life care. They are known for their kindness and understanding.
  • Additional Therapies: In addition to traditional care, we offer supplementary therapies like art, massage, and music to enhance patients' well-being.
  • Transitioning from Hospital to Home: If you need to transition from the hospital to receive hospice care at home, we ensure a seamless process to make the transition as smooth as possible.
  • Hospital Stays: In some cases, patients may require a hospital stay. Rest assured, we can still provide hospice care at either Mary Washington Hospital or Stafford Hospital.
  • Collaboration with Other Facilities: We maintain strong partnerships with nursing homes and assisted living facilities in our region, ensuring coordinated care for our patients.
  • Access to Essential Resources: We guarantee access to the necessary medications, medical equipment, and supplies essential for hospice care.
  • High Quality Standards: Our commitment to excellence is evident through our accreditation by The Joint Commission, which signifies our adherence to exceptionally high standards.
  • Medicare and Medicaid Coverage: If you have Medicare or Medicaid, you can trust that we are certified to deliver care through these programs.

Your Hospice Care Team

At Mary Washington Hospice, we've assembled a diverse and dedicated team of professionals to ensure your hospice experience, as well as that of your family, is the best it can possibly be. Our team includes:

  • Skilled Nurses: Our nurses maintain regular contact with patients, administer medications, monitor their activity, and act as a crucial link to physicians for comprehensive care.
  • Hospice Medical Social Workers: These professionals provide personalized support to both patients and their families, helping them navigate the mental, emotional, and social challenges that come with illness. They assist in preparing patients and families for current and anticipated needs and provide guidance on managing available resources.
  • Certified Nursing Assistants: Our hospice aides offer valuable assistance with activities of daily living, ensuring comfort and care for patients.
  • Spiritual & Grief Counselors: We have professional counselors and clergy available as needed to provide essential support for both patients and their families during challenging times.
  • Massage and Expressive Therapists: Our team of music, art, and massage therapists collaborates with patients and families to alleviate stress and anxiety, enhancing overall well-being.
  • Dietitians and Therapists: Our dietitians specialize in creating tailored meal plans and feeding schedules to meet the unique needs of each patient. Additionally, our therapists provide guidance to patients in managing their condition effectively.

Rest assured that our comprehensive team is here to provide you with the utmost care and support during your hospice journey.

Mary Washington Hospice Support for Patients and Families:

  • End-of-Life Planning: We offer assistance and guidance in making important end-of-life decisions.
  • Emotional and Spiritual Support: Our team is here to provide comfort and spiritual guidance during challenging times.
  • Community Resource Information: We connect you with valuable community resources to meet your unique needs.
  • Established Volunteer Program: Benefit from the contributions of our well-established volunteer program.
  • Family Grief and Bereavement Support: Access support groups and classes to help cope with grief and loss.

Ongoing Bereavement Support for 13 Months After Loss

Our comprehensive bereavement services extend for 13 months following the passing of your loved one and include:

  • Phone assistance
  • Short-term counseling services
  • Quarterly bereavement newsletter
  • Guidance on coping with grief
  • Referrals to community resources

We understand that grieving is a deeply personal experience, and our bereavement team will respect your family's preferences for support, whether you choose to grieve privately or engage in conversations about your loss.

As part of Mary Washington Healthcare, the region's largest healthcare provider, we accept qualifying patients without regard to their ability to pay, ensuring accessible care for all.

Contact Information:

Mary Washington Hospice
2300 Fall Hill Ave, Suite 401
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

540.741.3580 (answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Free visitor parking is located in the front of the building.

Mary Washington Hospice Provides Peace of Mind

Hospice care is a unique and invaluable form of support designed for those facing life-limiting illnesses. Research has shown that initiating hospice care at an earlier stage can provide more significant and meaningful assistance to both patients and their caregivers. Mary Washington Hospice is committed to ensuring individuals live with comfort and dignity, facilitating cherished moments for patients and their families.

We sincerely appreciate your generous support!

If you have any questions, please call the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation office at 540.741.1512.

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