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Moments of Life are Provided by Hospice

Hospice provides care where the patient lives in the final phase of their terminal illness, focusing on quality of life, pain control, and symptom management.

For more information, please call 681-342-3200

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United Hospital Center : Hospice Care

Who We Are

WVU Medicine Hospice provides care where you live in the last months of a terminal illness. We neither hasten nor postpone death, but affirm life, emphasizing quality and comfort. Our health care team of professionals includes your physician, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists; as well as volunteers, clergy and bereavement counselors.

WVU Medicine Hospice is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide the highest quality of care in Barbour, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Taylor, Upshur, and Wetzel counties.

When Should Hospice Begin?

The decision to begin hospice services is made by the individual and their physician. This discussion of when to begin hospice care usually occurs when a cure is no longer possible and the length of life is measured in months instead of years. The hospice team focuses on relieving pain and controlling symptoms of the illness (including many end-stage diseases like cancer, heart, lung, kidney diseases, and along with dementia and Alzheimer’s) to allow comfort when spending the remaining months with family and friends.

How Are People Referred To Hospice?

Anyone can call WVU Medicine Hospice to ask questions or make a referral. A hospice team member will explain hospice services to the individual and family. Under the direction of the physician of your choice, your hospice services can begin.

Our Team and Services

Registered Nurses

Specially trained in pain and symptom management and available 24 hours a day

Physician Services

On call 24 hours a day for consultation

Home Health Aides

Visits scheduled to assist with bathing, personal hygiene, grooming

Social Workers

To help with individual and family needs associated with end of life care

Therapists

Physical, occupational, and speech-language for specific needs

Dietitians

Available for nutritional counseling

Volunteers

To spend time with individual and family

Clergy

To provide emotional and spiritual guidance to people of all faiths

Bereavement Counselor

To provide support to loved ones through individual counseling and group sessions

Who Pays?

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances provide payment for hospice services. However, admission to Hospice is based on need and a patient is not denied services due to the inability to pay. We are a community non-profit agency. For those who qualify, we provide care through private donations, memorials, and charitable gifts that help offset our expenses. WVU Medicine Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a Medicare Certified Agency.

Volunteering Your Time Can Benefit Everyone

Hospice Needs You

  • Work closely with Hospice patients and their families
  • Help with the clerical work at the office
  • Work on special projects
  • Help with fund raising or the speakers' bureau
  • Assist with the bereavement program

Call 681-342-3200 to see what volunteer opportunities are available and how you can help!

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