Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
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Doylestown Hospital Hospice


Our commitment is to provide excellence in every aspect of care to those who place their trust in us.

What is the Hospice Philosophy?

Doylestown Hospital Hospice offers a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity and support for people who are terminally ill. Our goal is to enable them to live as fully and comfortably as possible at home or in a home-like setting such as a care facility. Dying is recognized by the Hospice team as a normal process, and death is neither hastened nor postponed. The Hospice philosophy believes that through appropriate care, patients and families will be free to attain a degree of physical, mental, and spiritual preparation for death that is comforting to them.

  • Serving the Doylestown Community for more than 25 years
  • Integral part of the continuum offered by Doylestown Hospital
  • Our staff is local and our average response time for emergency calls is 5 minutes
  • Our focus is on supporting patients and their families in their own home
  • Trusted and respected by area physicians

About Doylestown Hospital Hospice

Doylestown Hospital Hospice, a non-profit organization, has been serving patients and families in Doylestown and the surrounding communities for more than 25 years. Founded in 1983, Doylestown Hospital Hospice is one of the oldest Hospice programs in the region. In 1985 we became the third Hospice in the state to be accredited by the Joint Commission and in 1990 we received Medicare certification.

The Doylestown Hospital Hospice team includes a patient's own physician, registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, chaplain, bereavement counselors, and trained volunteers. Our Hospice Medical Director consults regularly with the entire patient care team. Patients and their loved ones are in the center of the circle of care.

Hospice Creates a Caring Team

  • Hospice nurses make regularly scheduled visits to patients, providing expert pain management and symptom control techniques. While a patient is under the care of Hospice, a nurse keeps the primary physician informed of the patient's condition. Nurses provide a complete spectrum of skilled nursing care and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Home health aides provide assistance with the personal care of the patient.
  • Social workers assess caregiving needs and concerns of the patient and family. They assist with care planning, provide emotional support, and facilitate the use of volunteer and community resources.
  • The chaplain offers spiritual support to patients and families and often serves as a liaison between them and their faith communities.
  • Bereavement counselors and services are provided and available for families.
  • Volunteers make visits to assist with patient care, help with household activities, or stay with a patient so family and caregivers may rest. Volunteers graduate from an intensive training program and receive ongoing training. Many are relatives and friends of former Hospice patients who know how much Hospice can help.

When to Consider Hospice

Hospice should be considered when life expectancy is measured in months rather than in years (typically 6 months) and when curative treatment no longer seems appropriate. While many of our patients have cancer, many others may have advanced cardiac, pulmonary, renal, or neurological disease. It is important that patients and families do not wait too long to initiate Hospice care. Hospice is more beneficial if it begins in time for important relationships and trust to develop.

Initiating Hospice Care

Whether the patient is residing at home or in a nursing facility, Hospice can begin with a phone call from a family member, friend, or physician. Physician approval is needed before a patient can join the Doylestown Hospital Hospice program.

Payment for Hospice Care

Hospice services are covered by most private insurance plans, including managed care organizations and HMOs. In addition, Hospice is a covered Medicare and Medicaid benefit. No one is denied services due to the inability to pay. Doylestown Hospital Hospice is able to provide services to patients and families without regard to the inability to pay due to generous donations from individuals, organizations, foundations, and businesses. Each contribution is deeply appreciated.

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