Hospice

Hospice of Yancey County is a not-for-profit * health care agency providing a special kind of care, often called palliative, designed to give sensitivity and support for terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice care seeks to enable patients to carry on an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, at home or in a homelike setting.Hospice care is built on the principles of Comfort, Dignity, Choice, and Control. Palliative care will be provided regardless of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, handicap, or ability to pay.

Hospice considers the entire family, not just the patient, the “unit of care”. Patients and families are included in the decision-making process. Caregivers as well as patients are given emotional support. Bereavement counseling is provided to the family after the death of their loved one.

Hospice emphasizes quality, rather than length of life. The care that hospice gives is meant to help make the most of the last months of the patients life by giving comfort and relief from pain. The focus is on care not cure.