Home Hospice Care

People nearing the end of life can receive care in the comfort of their home through Greenwich Hospital's home hospice program.

Comprehensive, holistic treatment is based on a personalized plan that changes with the evolving needs of each patient and family. The goal is to enhance the quality of life of terminally ill patients and provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families.

The patient’s physician guides the care team. Members include skilled nurses, home health aides, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, spiritual care providers and trained volunteers. All work closely with the hospital's nurses and palliative care team to care for patients who no longer wish to undergo curative treatment.

Hospice also provides pastoral care, counseling and bereavement services to families after the loss of a loved one.

Who qualifies for Home Hospice?

Physicians, family members or other caregivers can make a home hospice referral for patients who are nearing the end of life, in the end stage of a disease, or in general decline from aging. The patient's physician and the hospice program's medical director review referrals to determine if hospice care is appropriate.

Medicare and Medicaid benefits cover hospice services (home visits, medications, durable medical equipment and 24-hour on call nursing coverage) for patients in the final six months of life. Many private insurance plans also cover hospice services.

Experienced and credentialed

Greenwich Hospital's home hospice program is accredited by The Joint Commission. It is an active member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Connecticut Association for Home Care and Hospice.