Affirming life with dignity
Facing a life-limiting illness can be overwhelming. The Reston Hospital hospice care service is aimed at end-of-life care to meet the individual needs of terminally ill patients and their families. Specially trained hospice professionals help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. Reston Hospital Center offers guidance and referrals for hospice care centers in Northern Virginia.
When to seek hospice care
Although it's important to consider all care options during a life-limiting illness, patients typically visit with a palliative care specialist at a pre hospice care clinic. Once an illness becomes terminal, leaving patients with six months or less to live, patients are then referred to a hospice care center where the medical emphasis shifts to quality of life rather than a cure for illness. Hospital hospice care services are available upon patient evaluation and a referral from a physician.
Hospice care involves a specially trained team of caregivers who provide ongoing support for patients and loved ones. The team may include:
- Your primary care physician
- Hospice nurses
- Palliative care specialists
- Social workers
- Bereavement counselors
- Hospice volunteers
Hospice services can be provided in your home, a hospital, nursing facility or hospice center and is usually covered by private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
Learn more about hospice and planning for the end of life at our online Health Library.
If you have any further questions about our hospice care program and assisting staff, feel free to reach to our Consult-A-Nurse® 24/7 phone line at (877)689-3627 (DOCS) for hospice referral information.