Choosing hospice does not mean giving up hope. Hospice is specialized care that offers help and support to patients and families when cure is no longer possible. It is a change of focus to comfort, control of symptoms and quality of life and is designed to help during the last months of life.
We serve patients in their homes, assisted living, nursing facilities, hospitals and Centra Bedford Hospice House. It may not be easy to know when the time is right to consider hospice. Let us answer your questions.
Hospice is a benefit paid for through Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances. Centra Hospice will help to determine coverage available and no one is turned away because of an inability to pay.
Services We Provide
- Medications/expert pain management and symptom control
- Medical supplies/equipment such as hospital beds and wheelchairs
- Short-term inpatient and respite care as needed
- Social work services
- Hospice House (Bedford) provides residential, supportive care in a home-like environment
- Chaplain services
- Bereavement services for up to one year, support groups (open to community)
- Volunteers to assist families
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language services
- Complementary pet therapy (not available in all areas)
"I couldn't have made it through my wife's illness without them."
B. Cabannis, Kenbridge, VA
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Why Choose Centra Hospice?
Centra Hospice is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, a member of the Virginia Association for Home Care and Hospice, and certified by the Joint Commission, Medicare and Medicaid. Centra Hospice was founded in 1983 (as Hospice of the Hills) and was one of the first in Virginia.
We are proud to be a Hospice Honors Recipient, an annual honor recognizing the hospices that continuously provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
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Common hospice diagnoses include:
- Congestive heart failure/heart disease
- Lung disease
- Liver or kidney disease
- Alzheimer's disease/dementia
- General decline
Symptoms which may indicate you or a loved one is ready for hospice care include:
- Chronic multiple diseases
- Decreased appetite/weight loss
- Dependence in most activities of daily living
- Multiple Emergency Room visit
- Shortness of breath
- Sleeping more
- Frequent falls
- Physical decline