is compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. At the center of hospice is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.
Hospice of Washington County… is the leading choice for comforting care for people with advanced illness in our community who have been certified hospice appropriate by the medical team. Hospice care is provided where people live — often at home, in assisted living or nursing home communities and at Doey’s House. When given a choice, home is where most people say they wish to be at the end of life surrounded by family, friends, and their own comfortable environment. When circumstances require, Doey’s House will now serve patients and families in need of inpatient hospice care in a specialized environment.
DOEY’S HOUSE PROVIDES:
- An alternative to a hospital admission for complex medical needs.
- 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 doctors, registered nurses, social workers, counselors, nursing assistants, chaplains and volunteers who 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.
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 be temporarily checked in to 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.
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. Through Doey’s House the family will have the time and training to work toward the goal of making a successful transition to home. In these cases, a residential daily rate will apply.
OUR COMPASSIONATE TEAM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.