What is Hospice?
Hospice is specialized care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families, and their caregivers.
- Hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
- Hospice care also helps the patient’s family caregivers.
- Hospice care takes place in the patient’s home or in a home-like setting.
- Hospice care concentrates on managing a patient’s pain and other symptoms so that the patient may live as comfortable as possible and make the most of the time that remains.
- Calvert Hospice believes the quality of life is as important as length of life
When a patient starts receiving care from Calvert Hospice, a family member usually serves as the primary caregiver and helps make decisions for their loved one. Members of the Calvert Hospice team develop a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control.
Members of the team make regular visits to assess the patient and assist with medical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Hospice nurses manage our patients’ medications and physical well-being. We have on-call nurses available for evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays. Hospice social workers provide emotional support to patients and families and can often help patients access community resources. Hospice chaplains offer spiritual support and guidance to patients and families. Hospice aides can help with daily tasks when they become too much for caregivers and patients to do on their own. Volunteers provide respite to caregivers in many different ways.
The interdisciplinary hospice team provides:
- Pain and symptom management for patients
- Emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual support
- Medications, medical supplies, and equipment related to the terminal diagnosis
- Education regarding proper care of patients
- Short-term inpatient care when families need it most
- Bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends
As you may know, Calvert Hospice has deep roots in this community. Since 1984, we have provided quality end-of-life care and support as the only non-profit, independently owned, and community-based hospice. We are licensed to provide hospice care by the Maryland Office of Healthcare Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition, we maintain voluntary accreditation by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), which demonstrates our commitment to achieving the highest level of performance in the delivery of hospice care.
Want to know what Calvert Hospice employees think about hospice care? Watch our video below!