What began in 1979 as a volunteer organization, befriending patients and caregivers dealing with terminal illness, has grown into a medically comprehensive, Medicare-certified hospice program. The Hospice program oversees a plan of care that provides interdisciplinary services to patient and families dealing with illnesses with an expected prognosis of six months or less. Aggressive, curative treatments are no longer an option or desired.
Along with achieving Medicare certification of the Hospice program in 1991, Hospice of Warren County developed three additional programs over the course of these past 30-plus years in response to the growth in need and acceptance of hospice and palliative care.
The DeFrees Support program, started in 2001, provides non-medical case management and volunteer support to persons who are ineligible for or who do not desire hospice level of care but are dealing with a serious illness.
The Palliative Care Service was developed in 2006, in response to numerous requests from the community for help to patients and families dealing with serious illness but who were also undergoing aggressive treatments. The Palliative Care Service provides consultative expertise to patients and their loved ones at any stage of a serious illness.
Grief and Loss Support services have been a part of the very roots of Hospice of Warren County. Certified Bereavement Counselors provide individual and group counseling dealing specifically with loss of a loved one. In addition to families who have received services through Hospice of Warren County, grief counseling is available to any community member who has endured the loss of a loved one, even a pet. The Grief and Loss Support program now serves 200+ people, along with many children throughout the schools in Warren County, each year.
On the horizon is growth into what Hospice of Warren County’s Board of Directors and staff feel is the next needed level of care. Plans are underway to develop a Hospice House, which would provide hospice care to patients unable to remain in their personal home, but who desire a non-institutional, home-like setting.
We continue to follow management principles which guided us over 30 years ago – to move slowly, steadily, and in a financially sound way, realizing that success comes through the love and dedication of many, many people.
Hospice of Warren County is as deeply committed to its mission of compassionate end-of-life care assuring dignity for body, mind, and spirit.