Inpatient Hospice Care
When a Hospice patient’s symptoms make home care difficult for the patient and family, more skilled medical care is available through our inpatient units at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington and the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center located in Hazard. Our inpatient units offer the same quality care delivered in the home, except unique medical needs are met in a special setting with trained, round-the-clock professional staff.
The Hospice Team
The Hospice approach is multi-disciplinary. A highly skilled team of professionals and volunteers, educated in the Hospice philosophy, provides a variety of services to make the patient and family more comfortable. The staff of the units carry out individualized care plans for each patient. The care center team may consist of a physician, nurse, certified nursing assistant, social worker, bereavement counselor, chaplain, trained volunteers or others, depending on the patient’s needs and desires.
Friends and Family
Our inpatient hospice care units offer family and friends liberal visitation and encourage them to remain involved in the patient’s care. The patient's rooms provide a warm, home-like setting with accommodations for family members to spend the night if they choose. Pets are welcome as they are sometimes “family” too. Comfort is a priority for patients and their loved ones. Hospice care means the patient is more comfortable, more at peace and more in control. There is increased intimacy, meaning and dignity in the patient’s life and death.
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When is admission to the unit considered?
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Our inpatient units offer quality care in a home-like setting.