Help for hospice patients

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Help for hospice patients


PATIENT ASSISTANCE

Comfort. Support. Pain management. A warm hand to hold when it matters most.

Compassionate, high-quality end-of-life care makes a real difference for patients and families who need this specialized care.

Thanks to your generosity, patients who could not otherwise afford hospice care were able to turn to Centra Hospice and Centra Bedford Hospice House.

“In any given year, almost half of our patients are not able to pay,” said Centra Hospice Director Dana Garrett, BSN, RN, CHPN. “Medicare does not cover room and board. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. We are so grateful that we can provide this care to our community.”

Hospice helps when a cure is no longer possible. Bedford Hospice House assists patients enrolled in Centra Hospice or who are eligible for care but cannot remain at home. Patients and families can rest easier knowing experts are providing 24-hour care in a soothing residential setting. 

Private rooms, beautiful gardens and space for loved ones to gather and stay overnight are some of the accommodations. Caregivers help patients and families understand what to expect, administer medicine, answer questions and serve as a calming presence during what can be a difficult time.

Centra Bedford Hospice House provides care for patients whose circumstances vary, including:

  • Elderly patients who do not have family members who can care for them.
  • Young parents who do not want their children to experience their death in the family’s home.
  • Patients who do not have family nearby.
  • Patients who could not otherwise afford care.
  • Patients who are unable to return to their home due to other circumstances. 

In 2021, Bedford Hospice House safely cared for 26 patients by amending visitation policies as needed and following guidelines to keep patients, their loved ones and Caregivers safe during the pandemic. They have cared for 128 patients since 2017.

The need for the specialized care continues to grow.

“Many people say that they wish they learned earlier that hospice is not only for crisis care in the final few days,” Dana said. “Hospice is a change of focus — to comfort, control of symptoms and quality of life. It is a privilege to be a source of support and make a difference for patients and families.”

Centra is proud to be a Hospice Honors Recipient and serves patients in need of hospice in their homes, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities, hospitals and Centra Bedford Hospice House.