Our Services

Hospice

What is Hospice?

Hospice is specialized care that focuses on comfort, support, and quality of life for individuals with life-limiting illnesses, including heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Our services center around caring for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—and providing support for the patient’s loved ones.

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What services does Hospice of Warren County offer?

  • Physician-directed team care
  • Regularly scheduled nursing visits plus 24/7 on-call availability
  • Home health aides
  • Social work services, including help with financial and family needs
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Support from specially trained volunteers
  • Family counseling & training inpatient care
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Hospice prescriptions
  • Speech, physical, and specialized therapies
  • Coordination with community services
  • Bereavement counseling and support

Other frequently asked questions about Hospice of Warren County

What does Hospice cost?

Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurance companies cover some or all of our services. In addition, the generous support that the hospice receives from the community allows us to provide care for those with limited insurance or financial resources.

Where is Hospice Care provided?

Hospice of Warren County provides care in homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, the hospital, and our John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence.

Who can refer someone to Hospice?

While a referral often comes from the patient’s doctor, it may also come from the patient, family or friends, a member of the clergy, or nursing home staff. It is important for the patient and family to let their physician know when hospice is being considered.

How do we arrange for Hospice Care?

We will be happy to meet with you and your family to talk about how we can help. Simply call us at (814) 723-2455.

Does Hospice of Warren County help families after a loved one dies?

Yes. Our grief and bereavement services are designed to help a patient’s family and friends cope with their loss. We offer support groups, personal contacts, special mailings, workshops, and an annual memorial service. Bereavement support continues for over a year after the death of a loved one.

What if my family and I need help but are not eligible for Hospice Care?

For individuals facing a serious illness, our Palliative Care Services is also available. Please refer to this website or call our office at (814) 723-2455 for more information.

This illness is affecting not only me but my entire family. How can Hospice of Warren County help?

We recognize that both the patient and the family face difficulties during an illness, and our team provides support for both. Our nurses work closely with the patient and physician to manage pain and provide comfort and teach family members about their loved one’s care. Hospice aides provide bathing and personal care. Social workers and our chaplain focus on emotional and spiritual issues and assistance with community resources. Specially trained volunteers provide caring visits to patients, offer caregiver respite, and help the family in many other ways.

Call our office today at (814) 723-2455. We are here to help.

John & Orpha Blair Hospice Residence

The virtual tour gives a complete view of our lovely residence, which provides an option for individuals who are dealing with a life-limiting illness and under the care of Hospice of
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If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the Hospice Residence, please contact us at (814) 723-2455. Thank you.

Located on a serene and beautiful 2.6-acre wooded lot the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence provides an option for individuals who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses and who are under the care of Hospice of Warren County.

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This lovely residence offers three guest suites, each with a spacious bedroom and private handicapped accessible bathroom. Also in the main living area are a kitchen, family room, dining room, and living room, complete with a fireplace and piano.

Overnight stays by family members are easily accommodated with two bedrooms on the second level. Guests and their families are encouraged to find comfort through the addition of personal touches—pictures, and other belongings—to make their private suites as similar to their home environment as possible. Pets will be able to visit as well. The kitchen and family, dining, and living rooms contribute to the overall home-like environment and will provide cozy areas for patients, families, and friends to socialize as desired.

Each guest bedroom has floor to ceiling windows, which look out to the idyllic, peaceful setting, spectacular in every season. A beautiful outdoor deck surrounds the living room and family room, allowing patients, family members, and friends to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful setting.

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Hospice of Warren County staff will provide the necessary care. The John & Orpha Blair Hospice Residence provides the home-away-from-home experience, not only for the guests but also for their families and friends. The residence is designed to provide care and comfort similar to what could be experienced within the guest’s own home. The highly trained hospice staff members meet the care needs of each guest, according to individualized plans of care. The goal is to assure the highest quality of life for the guests and their families and friends.

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Brick Memory Garden at the John & Orpha Blair Hospice Residence

When you decide to donate an engraved brick, you create a permanent, lasting way to honor and remember a special person in your life. Your gift assists the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence in flourishing and providing a beautiful, peaceful setting for patients and families cared for at the Residence.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Seeking to improve the quality of life for patients and their families through pain management, coordinated care and support

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What is the difference between “Palliative Care” and “Hospice Care”?

Palliative Care, treatment aimed at relieving suffering, is given at any time in the course of a serious illness. Hospice Care applies when a patient’s life expectancy is estimated at 6 months or less, and aggressive, curative treatments are no longer desired.

The main distinction between the two:

Palliative Care may involve curative treatment, while Hospice focuses on comfort care. Both emphasize the patient’s quality of life.

The Palliative Care Service offered by Hospice of Warren County seeks to improve the quality of life for patients who are coping with a serious illness, either chronic or progressive. This care is provided at the same time as other appropriate medical treatments that may already be underway.

Specifically, the Palliative Care Team can assist with:

  • Managing pain and other distressing symptoms (e.g., shortness of breath, nausea, bowel problems, anxiety, depression).
  • Defining individual goals of care for the patient and the family. “Given the various options for treatment, what do you, the patient, want?”
  • Coordinating care between settings and easing stress of changes. For example, when a patient transitions from hospital to home, an assisted living facility, or nursing home.
  • Supporting family and caregivers by connecting them with appropriate community resources.

Where does the Palliative Care consult take place?

The initial contact with the care team may be at the hospital, your doctor’s office, an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or even in your own home.

Who is on the Palliative Care Team?

  • Physician
  • Nurse and Nurse Practitioner with Palliative Care experience
  • Social Worker
  • Clergy member or Chaplain (if desired)
  • Also, if needed:
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietitian
  • Bereavement counselor
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Who can ask for a consult and what happens then?

  • Any patient or family member can request a palliative care consultation.
  • The request is called in to the office at (814) 723-2455. If urgent, the number is available 24/7 and the on-call system will provide a prompt response.
  • Appropriate team members will then meet with the patient. Relief of symptoms will be the first priority.
  • A discussion with the patient (and family members, if desired) will focus on defining the patient’s goals of care.
  • The team will communicate its recommendations to the patient’s attending physician, who will continue to direct the patient’s care.
  • The Palliative Care Team will continue to see the patient at appropriate intervals to follow up on specific problems and plans.

“I don’t know where I would have been without Palliative Care.”

Questions about Palliative Care? Please call us at (814) 723-2455. We’re here to help you.

Pediatric Hospice & Palliative Care
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Pediatric Hospice & Palliative Care

Children with a critical illness and their families should have access to the care and emotional support they need to live life as fully as possible.

We’re here so that they don’t have to face these challenges alone. Some of the ways we help provide support:

  • Focus on optimizing quality of life
  • Provide an avenue of support to validate family’s concern
  • Collaborate with community providers to advocate for the child and his/her family
  • Listen to and work together with children with serious disease and their families.
  • Volunteer support for respite

Our Team includes:

  • Physicians
  • Social workers
  • Registered nurses
  • Chaplain
  • Music, Art, Pet, Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapists

Who qualifies?

Any child with a complex medical condition that includes one or more of the following:

  • condition causes significant pain, emotional, social, or spiritual distress
  • condition causes fragmentation of medical care and communication
  • condition disrupts the ability for the child to participate in usual age-appropriate activities
  • condition results in multiple and/or prolonged hospitalizations
  • condition requires complex decision-making
  • goals of care discussions would be helpful

Goals of the Program:

  • provide comprehensive care to meet medical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of children with life-limiting, complex medical conditions and their families
  • to assist with communication and coordination of care between various providers
  • to assist patients and families with making difficult, informed decisions regarding various treatment and care options
  • to assist patients and families in defining and meeting their goals and wishes to optimize quality of life for their family system.
Grief & Loss

Coping with grief and loss

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Just as each person’s life is unique, so is the grieving process. Our bereavement services staff can help family members and close friends as they work through their feelings and find ways to cope with the many stages of grief.

The focus of our bereavement services is on the loss of a loved one and its effect on those left behind. Our goal is to help people—no matter their age or relationship—learn to cope with their loss, and the grief and pain that follow.

Helping people cope

Our caring, experienced staff and volunteers assist hospice families in a confidential, professional setting.

Many services are provided, and referrals to other community resources are made as needed:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Grief Workshops and Support Groups
  • Phone Calls and Special Mailings
  • Educational Programs on Grief & Loss

Grief Comes in Many Ways

Do you:

  • Have deep feelings of sorrow?
  • Feel tightness in the throat or heaviness in the chest?
  • Feel guilty at times, angry at others?
  • Find it difficult to concentrate?
  • Sense your deceased loved one’s presence and talk to him or her?
  • Have difficulty sleeping or feel exhausted?
  • Feel the need to share the special qualities you valued in your loved one?
  • Experience frequent mood swings?
  • Cry at unexpected times?

These are all-natural and normal grief responses. Hospice bereavement services can help you identify and understand the range of emotions you may encounter during the grieving process.

Responding to Community Need
Bereavement services are available to anyone in Warren County who is dealing with the death of a loved one. As part of our community outreach, we also offer educational programs on grief and loss to local organizations including educators, health care providers, service organizations, and church groups.

“We’ll always be grateful.”

Planning Assistance

Make your health care choices known

Numerous choices need to be made regarding the kind of health care you want at the end of life. Knowing your own preferences and communicating them with loved ones is an important aspect of planning.

Hospice of Warren County encourages individuals to reflect on their personal choices regarding health care decisions. However, reflection is not enough. Individuals need to take the additional steps of sharing their preferences with their loved ones and making their preferences known, most preferably in writing.

Having conversations about end-of-life decisions may be uncomfortable for you. However, knowing your preferences and following your personal wishes is a gift, relieving loved ones of the burden of trying to imagine what you want. Taking the time to reflect and share your important health care decisions with your loved ones will bring greater understanding and comfort to everyone involved.

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Take control of your medical future

There are many ways that you can decide and document, in advance, the type of care you would like to receive if you were to become permanently unconscious or terminally ill and unable to communicate.

Click here for a Living Will form.
Additional information or sample packets of Living Wills, Medical Directives, and other resources are available at our office. Contact us today—we are here to help you.