• Hospice Care

    Wellmont Health System’s hospice care experts are committed to honoring life for all patients and to providing families the support they need during their important times of transition.

    What is hospice care?

    The goal of hospice care is to allow patients to live as fully as possible, while focusing on helping them remain comfortable during the final stages of life.

    Hospice care provides support at home for persons in the end stages of progressive, incurable illnesses. Inpatient hospice care may also be offered to patients who have symptoms that can no longer be controlled in the home setting. Hospice is committed to providing care at home where patients and families prefer to be.

    The central purpose of hospice is to provide effective management of pain and other symptoms of end-stage illness and to offer supportive services for patients and families. The physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and families are addressed as a way to offer hope, comfort and support.

    Hospice services can include:

    • Nursing care
    • Home care
    • Medical social work services
    • Physician services
    • Physical and occupational therapy
    • Speech and language pathology services
    • Spiritual counseling
    • Dietary evaluation and education
    • Volunteer services
    • Medications for symptom and pain management
    • Medical equipment
    • Medical supplies
    • Short-term inpatient care, including respite care
    • Bereavement follow-up services and support for loved ones for 12 to 13 months following the death of a patient

    An individual’s primary physician may continue care during this time, or he or she may choose to have the hospice medical director assume care. The hospice medical director is a licensed physician with specialized training and certification in care and symptom management of patients facing end of life.

    Why choose Wellmont for hospice care?

    Hospice team members at Wellmont strive to honor each patient’s life by providing exceptional care, and they are committed to ensuring families have the support they need as well.

    Exceptional quality with a hometown approach

    Wellmont’s hospice services are unique because they offer national quality while maintaining the hometown touch that many local patients and families appreciate. Accredited by The Joint Commission and a member of the Tennessee Hospice Organization and Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care as well as the Hospice Foundation of America, residents throughout the region can trust Wellmont hospice services to offer the quality they expect and the respect their loved ones deserve.

    Decades of experience in the Tri-Cities region

    For decades, Wellmont’s hospice experts have offered exceptional quality hospice services right here at home in the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. These staff members understand the importance of a local touch and the value of being cared for by friends and neighbors.

    Broad range of hospice services

    Wellmont offers a wide range of services through its hospice program, including home-based hospice care, a freestanding hospice facility and other hospice programs for the community.

    The primary location for hospice care is often in a patient’s home setting. Since a person’s home is typically his or her most familiar environment, it is likely the one in which the greatest sense of security and comfort can be experienced. In fact, hospice care may be provided anywhere a patient lives, including nursing homes and assisted-care facilities.

    In situations where hospice care is better provided outside the home, Wellmont offers its Hospice House in Bristol, Tenn. This beautiful facility – the first freestanding hospice built in the State of Tennessee – has served the Tri-Cities region for almost two decades and boasts a proud tradition of providing exceptional hospice care close to home.

    Today, under the direction of a dedicated medical director, the Hospice House offers intensive symptom management, respite care, pediatric hospice care and an impressive nurse-to-patient ratio that allows caregivers to spend more time focusing on the needs of patients and families.

    And outside the typical hospice care environments, Wellmont’s experts also offer a variety of hospice services in local Tri-Cities communities, including special programs like Camp Caterpillar and the “We Honor Veterans” program. Grief support groups are offered at regular intervals to anyone who has lost a loved one and would benefit from a caring environment of support. Support groups are offered throughout Wellmont Health System service areas. Hospice staff members are available to speak to civic organizations, church groups or other interested parties on a variety of supportive end of life topics. Please call (423) 844-5252 for more information.

    Extensive insurance coverage for hospice services

    Medicare, Medicaid, TennCare and most commercial insurance programs cover hospice services, in many cases with no co-pay. Additionally, hospice services may be provided for those who are unable to pay under certain circumstances.

    Getting started with hospice care

    If you have a family member or loved one who requires hospice care, Wellmont’s hospice experts want to help ease that burden. Please contact us at 423-844-5252 or 1-800-844-4070 for more information.

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    Lending hospice care a helping hand

    Hospice Donations
    Be part of helping ensure that each and every patient receives the care and dignity they deserve during the final stages of life's journey.

    Donate To Hospice Care Now

    Be a hospice volunteer

    Hospice Volunteers
    Hospice plays a key role in patients lives, and volunteers play key roles in the provision of exceptional hospice care at Wellmont.

    Volunteer With Hospice Care

    Are you a hospice expert?

    Hospice Careers
    Wellmont is always looking for the best hospice experts to join its team. If you have a passion for providing exceptional hospice care, there may be a place here for you.

    Find A Hospice Career

  • Contact us about hospice care

    Do you have a hospice experience or word of thanks you'd like to share? If so, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.