From worrying symptoms to overwhelming stress, coping with a life-limiting illness can easily interfere with what matters most. As experts in managing pain, symptoms, and practical details, our hospice homecare team helps patients and families focus on their time together and get back to what’s important. In addition to attending to your family’s practical and physical needs, our trained specialists help you navigate any emotional and spiritual concerns that may arise in the face of a life-limiting illness.
At Delaware Hospice, we’re here to help you and your family find the answers, options, and solutions we’ve helped so many others find.
How can we help? Call 800.838.9800.
Serving the entire state of Delaware, Southern Chester, and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania.
Support tailored to your needs, goals, and wishes
This journey is about you—and how you want to live your life. We work with your current doctor to create a care plan focused on your individual needs while supporting your family caregivers with practical hands-on assistance, community resources, and relevant education. Our team also offers spiritual and emotional support through a variety of family support services.
Relief from the practical details
We work with you and your family to coordinate all of the resources you need, including prescriptions, equipment, and supplies—so you can focus on your time with each other instead of stressful details. We also provide family members with the knowledge, know-how, and emotional support that take the anxiety and uncertainty out of their caregiving roles.
Pain and symptom management in the comfort of your own home
We help patients remain in their homes by managing their pain and symptoms wherever they are—whether it’s at a private residence, in an assisted living facility, or even in a nursing home. No more unnecessary trips to the ER or long nights of waiting until the morning to call your healthcare provider—we’re only a phone call away 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In situations where it’s not possible for a hospice patient to continue hospice care at home, we also offer short-term care at the Delaware Hospice Center.
An interdisciplinary team with a holistic approach to your wellbeing
An entire team of highly qualified, caring individuals assists with the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of you and your loved ones. Your dedicated Delaware Hospice team includes:
- Medical Director: Consults with your primary physician, oversees your care plan, and, if necessary, may serve as your attending physician.
- Registered Nurse: Acts as your primary point of contact, conducts weekly medical assessments, manages your loved one’s care plan, lets you know what to expect, and answers your questions.
- Certified Nursing Assistant: Provides personal care to your loved one and keeps you informed and advised.
- Social Worker: Provides emotional care and supports the needs of the whole family.
- Chaplain: Offers spiritual direction and prayer.
- Adult and Child Bereavement Counselor: Provides grief support.
- Volunteers: Offer companionship and encouragement.
Delaware Hospice partners with a wide 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.
Hospice services provided by Delaware Hospice are funded through Medicare and Medicaid, private insurance, community donations, and private gifts.
Support for Veterans
Any veteran with a life-limiting illness is eligible for hospice care. Delaware Hospice is dedicated to ensuring that veterans with a serious illness have access to high-quality hospice care when they need it. Thanks to grants and generous community funding, veterans can receive special support through unique initiatives.
Helping Hearts for Cardiac Patients
The demands of caring for cardiac patients can be stressful and overwhelming. Our Helping Hearts program is specifically tailored to help patients and caregivers prevent and manage the symptoms of heart disease at home. The Delaware Hospice team works alongside your physician to relieve the shortness of breath, swelling, sleeplessness, anxiety, pain, and depression that commonly develop with heart disease—drastically reducing trips to the emergency room.
What is the difference between hospice care and palliative care?
While hospice care and palliative care both provide in-home support for individuals and families facing serious illness, there are several important differences. Hospice care is intended for patients facing a limited life expectancy of approximately six months or less. Hospice patients have made the decision to pursue comfort measures and forego further curative treatment. Palliative care, on the other hand is designed for anyone at any stage of a serious illness. Individuals can receive palliative care at the same time as treatment aimed at a cure.
Find the answers to all of your hospice and palliative care questions.