About Hospice

Former hospice patient Kay Tryk shown with her daughter. "I visited Kay as a hospice volunteer. She was always so cheerful and laughing. She was just so smart; she always whipped me at Scrabble." - Eileen Langsley, Hospice volunteer

Former hospice patient Kay Tryk shown with her daughter.
“I visited Kay as a hospice volunteer. She was always so cheerful and laughing. She was just so smart; she always whipped me at Scrabble.” – Eileen Langsley, Hospice volunteer

When cure is no longer possible, hospice provides medical, nursing, emotional and spiritual care for a person near the end of life. The hospice team knows how to alleviate symptoms of advanced illness so that a patient’s remaining time may be spent with dignity at home. Many hospice programs also provide support for caregivers, loved ones, and those who grieve.

The goal of hospice care is to help the patient live the best quality of life possible.

When should I contact Hospice?

Former Hospice patient Russell Jaqua with his wife Willene.
“Russ was determined to continue his art until he took is last breath. Hospice was there to help him achieve that goal.”

When someone has a life limiting illness and curative care is no longer possible, contact hospice for help. Usually, hospice is contacted when the physician says that the patient has a prognosis of six months or less if the illness follows its normal course.

Choosing hospice care doesn’t mean giving up hope. With hospice, hope for a cure can be transformed into hope to live the remaining days free from pain, hope for a restful night, hope to spend time with family, and hope for loved ones to find support and peace.

Who pays for hospice care?

Hospice is a benefit covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Do we have Hospice here in East Jefferson County?

Yes, Jefferson Healthcare Hospice offers compassionate palliative care for people approaching life’s end. Jefferson Healthcare Hospice is licensed by the state of Washington and is Medicare/Medicaid certified. 

You are currently on the web site for the Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We raise friends and funds in support of end-of-life services provided by Jefferson Healthcare Hospice.

To find out more about Jefferson Healthcare Hospice and talk to a member of the hospice staff, call the Hospice office at (360) 385-0610.

You can also read more about Hospice in East Jefferson County on the Jefferson Healthcare web site.