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About Doey's House

Exterior Main Entrance of Doey's House

The Doey’s House care providers are a compassionate and skilled team of physicians, nurses, supportive counselors, social workers and volunteers who provide high quality care to support our patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs in a uniquely designed environment. The team specializes in the art and science of symptom management. In most cases symptoms can be managed appropriately in a brief timespan of several days, allowing patients to return quickly to the place they truly call home.

Doey’s House was designed for hospice patients and their families in order to provide a comforting setting when pain and symptoms need to be managed in a professional environment. During this intense phase of symptom management, both patient and family will be comforted by an expert team of caring professionals in a setting that provides as much as possible many of the comforts of home.

Doey’s House is the hospice inpatient unit for Hospice of Washington County (HWC), the only active licensed hospice in Washington County, Maryland. Since 1980 HWC has been honored to serve the residents of Washington County during times when these residents and their families are most vulnerable and will benefit from compassionate care.

Doey’s House is named in honor of Doris Glessner. Her son, Neal, along with the HWC Board of Directors inspired the support of the community to bring a hospice house to our community.

If you or a loved one would like to know more, please call Hospice of Washington County at 301-791-6360 or email info@hospiceofwc.org.

Doey's House Provides

  • An alternative to a hospital admission for complex medical needs during end of life or while on hospice care.
  • State-of-the-art medical care as well as emotional and spiritual support in a home-like setting.
  • Serene spaces, including a Meditation Room, offering quiet time for reflection.
  • A family room, children’s play area and family kitchen to mimic the comforts of home.
  • Our interdisciplinary team of highly skilled medical providers work together to provide care to meet not only medical but also other needs of patients and families.
  • Meals on site for patients; An area for family members to prepare light meals and snacks in the family kitchen or to accept food deliveries.
  • Twelve private suites to accommodate patients’ needs as well as visiting families; suites include televisions, refrigerators, and sleeper sofas for overnight guests.
  • Individual patios where patients can enjoy nature by accessing the patio area while still in their beds. Patients also may enjoy a visit from their pets via the patio.

General Inpatient Care

Doey’s House is a home-like and supportive setting for hospice patients and their families. Sometimes severe pain or other symptoms require an advanced level of care that is more effectively provided during a short stay in an inpatient hospice facility to stabilize your loved one until they can return home. Often, a patient will meet our hospice team for the first time in the hospital setting. That patient may be taken to Doey’s House as a first-time hospice patient who immediately has general inpatient needs to manage pain and symptoms that are not able to be controlled in a lower setting of care. These patients will need hospice care at the General Inpatient level upon arrival at the inpatient unit.

Respite Care

Caregivers work hard to ensure patients receive the care they need. Under respite care, a terminally-ill loved one who is a hospice patient can have a temporary stay at Doey’s House for up to five days to allow the caregiver to get some much needed rest and time away from the rigorous demands of daily caregiving.

Residential Care

Doey’s House is not designed to be a residential facility where hospice patients can go to live. However, at times, special circumstances may arise in which a patient may need to stay at Doey’s House under Routine Home Care. At times a family may be working to transition a loved one from the hospital to home. With the support of Doey’s House and the hospice interdisciplinary team (IDT), the family will have the time and training to work toward the goal of making a successful transition to home.