At Hospice House
Hospice House is a spacious residential center designed as a “home away from home” for those who are caring for a terminally ill loved one. With four guestrooms, a kitchen, family room and sunroom, surrounded by gardens and woods, Hospice House accommodates up to four guests, with ample space for family and friends to gather. Caregivers are welcome to remain with the guest as much as they like, but are also encouraged to take ‘time out’ as needed. Hospice House is staffed around the clock. Respite care may be scheduled for up to a week or two. End of life care is scheduled as needed.
Services at Hospice House
- Private bedroom and bath with access to the grounds
- 24-hour care provided by trained staff including assistance with personal hygiene, eating and recreation
- Assistance in taking medication.
- Light meals
- Bed and bath linens provided
- Spiritual care and support
- Counseling services
Facilities for Caregivers
- Shared family quarters that include kitchen facilities and lounge areas
- A comfortable sleep chair in the patient's room
- Spiritual care and support
- Counseling services
Admission Criteria for Services at Hospice House
- The patient and caregiver are being served by a Hospice Agency.
- The patient’s behavior is not disruptive and does not present a danger to self or others.
- The patient and caregiver agree to a plan for care that includes a projected length of stay and a plan for discharge.
- level of care at home or at Hospice House is non-medical and supportive. At Hospice House, as in the patient’s own home, medical care continues to be coordinated by the Hospice nurse and personal physician.
The Hospice Support team considers requests for admission based on admission criteria and individual needs.
There is no charge for services of Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg.
In the Home
The level of care at home or at Hospice House is non-medical and supportive; at Hospice House, as in the patient’s own home, medical care continues to be coordinated by the medical agency hospice nurse and personal physician.
- Care needs assessment – Director of Patient/Family Volunteer Services
- Respite for caregivers - A trained volunteer will stay with the patient to give the caregiver time out
- Volunteer assistance with transportation to medical appointments, errands, etc.
- Equipment and supplies - Various sick room supplies and equipment are available for loan
- Caregiver support/guidance – Nurse Consultant
- Spiritual care and support - Chaplain
- Library– Educational, supportive and inspirational literature and books
Open to individuals living with a life threatening illness in Williamsburg, James City or Upper York County area.
There is no charge for services of Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg.
Bereavement Support and Resources
Grieving is a process that requires much more time than our culture typically acknowledges or allows. Support during time of bereavement can help bring healing, renewal and hope for the future. Staff at Hospice House maintain contact with bereaved families following the death of a loved one to offer comfort, support, referrals and services as needed.
Bereavement support is open to all in the community regardless of their previous connection to Hospice House services.
There are no charges for services of Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg.
Individual or Family Support
Confidential 1-1 with the Chaplain to help match your needs with the most appropriate resource.
To meet with Chaplain Allison DeLaney, call 757-206-1177.
Community Support and Outreach
When grief touches your workplace, school, or organization HHSCW can provide on site bereavement support and education. Call: 757-253-1220
Walking/Social Group: Walking Towards Hope
Ongoing social group to meet others in the same situation. Need not walk to join! Other activities include dinner/movies, coffee, lunch, concerts.
- Regular walks every Tuesday 7:30am; Thursday 8am; Saturday 11am
- Contact: Jean Babb at 757-509-0469 or Allison DeLaney at 757-206-1177
- For current calendar of events: Walkinggroup.wildapricot.org
Bereavement Support Workshops
For adults mourning the death of a loved one. Focused resources and conversation on finding meaning through grief. Each group is limited in size and pre-registration is required.
- Workshops offered three times per year: winter, spring and fall at Hospice House
- Commitment of 6 Sessions over a 10 week period
- Co-facilitated by Nurse Bell-Jo Rodgers, and Chaplain Allison DeLaney
- Registration required. Call Hospice House at 757-253-1220
The Compassionate Friends is a local chapter of an international organization. Participants are all bereaved parents (guardians), adult siblings, or grandparents who are dealing with the death of a child. This is a group that no one wishes to be part of, but many are glad exists because it offers a safe space for bereaved parents to remember their children (no matter how long ago they died) without judgment, learn coping skills, and make healing friendships.
- Meets 2nd Monday of the month from 7pm-8:30pm at Hospice House
- Contact: Julie Stanton at 757-258-5166
For Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
This is a peer run group that is for the support of any person touched by the death of a loved one to suicide. The group offers a confidential setting in which to explore your feelings and find comfort in not being alone on your grief journey. Join us as we make a conscious decision to be an active participant in our own healing by:
- Giving ourselves permission to grieve
- Staying connected with supportive people
- Learning acceptance with Grace/Truth/Time
- Easing ourselves back into reality
- Sharing our experiences and helping others on the recovery road
- Meets 1st Thursday of the month from 7pm-8:30pm at Hospice House
- Contact: Charlotte Moyler at 757-903-1641 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meditation for Bereaved
Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday 5-6p.m. on 2nd floor of Hospice House. No previous experience needed, just willingness to practice mindfulness and openness with others who are also bereaved. Facilitators: Shomer Zwelling and Allison DeLaney Call: 757-206-1177
For many individuals and families, a time of shared remembrance with reflection, music and prayer brings comfort during special times of the year.
- Memorial Service - An interfaith candlelight memorial service is offered each year during the week following Thanksgiving. The location of this evensong service varies. The time and place are announced in local media and in the Hospice newsletter and web site and is open to the community.
- A "Celebration of Life" service is held early in May on the patio at Hospice House. Led by the Chaplain.
Our bereavement publication, is a compilation of reflections, pictures and poems about meaning and hope found during grief.
- Access on the web: Newsletters (click on Sanctuary)
We have books to loan to anyone in the community.
- Come by Hospice House or call 757-253-1220 for additional information