Since 1982, Delaware Hospice has provided exceptional care and support to more than 46,000 patients and their families. As the largest and only licensed not-for-profit serving Delaware and southern Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania, we are committed to identifying the needs of our patients and families and providing them with the care they need, when they need it.
The earlier you call us, the more you’ll benefit from our team of specialized professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and support in your home, at the Delaware Hospice Center or in a hospital or facility. If you or someone you love is seriously ill, it may be time to ask for help. Together, we’ll develop a plan of care appropriate for you and your family. Please call us at 800-838-9800, complete a brief needs assessment, What’s Right For Me, or contact us online.
Delaware Hospice is your partner in the delivery of the highest quality hospice care, support and resources. We comfort patients through pain and symptom management as well as emotional and spiritual encouragement. We foster an environment that enables family and friends to share meaningful time together away from the stresses of a hospital.
Research indicates people with a life-limiting illness prefer the warmth and familiarity of their own homes. Delaware Hospice professionals work with families to coordinate care as well as to provide medicine, equipment and supplies. We also work closely with physicians to ensure a smooth transition of care, communication and follow-up for patients. Our specialized interdisciplinary hospice team consists of:
Delaware Hospice Medical Director:
Consults with the patient’s primary physician, oversees the care plan and may also serve as the attending physician if necessary
Manage the individual’s care plan and provide education to caregivers
Certified Nursing Assistants:
Provide personal care to patients and education to caregivers
Provide emotional care, and support the needs of family members
Offer spiritual direction and prayer
Adult and Child Bereavement Counselors:
Provide grief support
Offer companionship and encouragement
Delaware Hospice partners with a range of facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, to create an environment where patients can live each day with as much peace, comfort and dignity as possible. Our team also offers spiritual and emotional support to individuals and their families through a variety of family support services.Delaware Hospice services are available throughout the entire state of Delaware and in Southern Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. To find out if Delaware Hospice is right for you, please fill out our brief needs assessment, What’s Right For Me, or call us at 800-838-9800.
In-Patient Hospice Care
Periodically, a person coping with a life-limiting illness requires short-term care for symptom management. The Delaware Hospice Center offers an alternative to hospital care, combining state-of-the-art technology with specialized, expert care in a spacious and tranquil environment.
Individuals receive around-the-clock care, unlimited visiting hours and education, resources and support from a interdisciplinary hospice team. At the Delaware Hospice Center, families are given the opportunity to spend meaningful time together in the peace and quiet of a home-like environment.
While all individuals with a life-limiting illness are eligible for hospice care, the Delaware Hospice Center is specifically designed for patients who temporarily require a higher level of specialized care, including:
- 24-hour acute symptom management
- Uncontrolled pain requiring assessment, medication adjustment or skilled nursing
- Change in intensity of symptoms requiring monitoring and nursing intervention
- Medical conditions that are difficult to manage or cannot be managed at home
To better understand this option of care, please enjoy an online tour of the Delaware Hospice Center in the video below or call us at 855-672-2200 for more information.
Directions to the Delaware Hospice Center:
Take Rt. 113 into Milford. Driving south into Milford on Rt. 113, turn right on Airport Rd. Driving north into Milford on Rt. 113, turn left onto Airport Rd. Follow Airport Rd. for one mile and turn right at Independence Commons. Proceed toward the Veterans Home. Turn right on Patriots Way, before reaching the Veterans Home, and follow until you reach the Delaware Hospice Center.
Why Palliative Care?
The onset of serious illness impacts a family’s quality of life in so many ways. Patients and their caregivers must cope with debilitating symptoms, travel to
specialists and labs, comprehend new medical jargon, make difficult decisions for treatment options. And they carry all the fears and anxieties that accompany a serious illness.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is a specialty which enables seriously ill patients and their families to improve quality of life by managing symptoms and anxiety. With a team approach, Delaware Hospice’s Palliative Care Program improves the quality of life of patients diagnosed with a serious illness and their families by adding a level of support to their physician’s care.
Palliative care is appropriate for anyone, at any age, with a serious illness at any stage, and can be provided together with curative treatments. Patients benefiting from palliative care include (but are not limited to) those diagnosed with cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, or kidney failure.
When is Palliative Care appropriate?
Patients can receive palliative care, along with care from their physician, from the time an illness has been diagnosed, throughout treatment and the final stages of the disease.
How does Palliative Care help patients and families?
Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients by alleviating symptoms and stress and by focusing more on the human side of serious illness. The palliative care team specialists provide comfort, clarity, choice and connection as they:
- make the patient comfortable by alleviating both their anxiety and physical pain and symptoms
- support coordinated care in partnership with the patient’s physician
- allow time for communication with patients and family members for them to better understand the illness and options for care
- reduce stress within the family unit
- consider all needs, medical, physical, emotional,, and spiritual
- alleviate suffering and bring comfort and peace.
Where is Palliative Care provided?
Delaware Hospice’s palliative care team members visit patients and their families in their home settings–private homes, nursing home facilities, or hospitals–wherever they are.
Who pays for Palliative Care?
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover palliative care.
What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?
Palliative Care is for anyone at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatments. Hospice Care is for patients facing a limited life expectancy of approximately six month or less. Hospice patients have made the decision to pursue comfort measures and forego further curative treatment.
Call 800-838-9800 for a confidential, in-home visit to learn more about Delaware Hospice’s programs and services
Transitions helps patients who are seriously ill, but who are not ready for hospice care, get the resources they need.
Illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, liver and lung disease, and kidney failure slowly decrease an individual’s ability to live life to its fullest. Often, the illness can drain one’s energy and spirit, and prevent individuals from managing their basic needs. The progression of these illnesses can overwhelm family members as they attempt to juggle so many new responsibilities, often with little community, spiritual and social support. As a result, Delaware Hospice offers the Transitions program at no cost to individuals and families coping with a serious illness.
The purpose of Transitions is to provide guidance and resources to individuals and families coping with a serious illness. As a community program, Transitions differs from hospice in the following ways:
- Transitions is a non-medical program.
- Transitions is for individuals living with a serious illness.
- Transitions provides a coordinator for resource management.
One Transitions coordinator said, “We often hear from individuals and their caregivers who wish they had known about our services earlier in their illness. They are amazed that we can customize the level of support, depending on their needs, at no charge.”
To learn more, visit the Transitions website.
To determine if Transitions is an option for you, please complete a needs assessment, What’s Right For Me, or call us at 800-838-9800.
As the only not-for-profit hospice in Delaware, Delaware Hospice provides education and resources to the community thanks to significant community support expressed through donations, fundraising, and volunteer efforts. Through such generous giving, Delaware Hospice provides a range of family support services to meet the needs of caregivers, community members, and bereaved who are coping with illness, loss, and other life transitions.
To learn more about family support services offered by Delaware Hospice, look for an upcoming event in your area, or call 800-838-9800.
Professional, one-day conferences surrounding end-of-life care topics are offered in the fall and spring for nurses, social workers, counselors, nursing home administrators, funeral service administrators and other professionals. Up to 6.0 contact hours can be awarded and conference fees vary. Pre-registration is required for all activities.
For more information or to obtain a schedule of upcoming conferences, please contact Sondra Satterfield, MSW, LCSW, Manager of Family Support Services, at 302-856-7717, 800-838-9800, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our events calendar to locate an upcoming conference in your area.