A vital thread woven into Hospice of the Piedmont’s continuum of care is Hospice House, a beautiful, peaceful, and welcoming home for terminally ill patients. In fact, the City of Charlottesville’s Board of Architectural Review presented a Preservation Award to Hospice House for Historic Building Rehabilitation. While this is gratifying, the deeper beauty of Hospice House is seen in the loving and compassionate care given to its patients and the warm and sensitive support provided for their loved ones.
Since its opening in 2004, many patients have been cared for at Hospice House. Beyond its primary function as a haven for patients who cannot remain at home, Hospice House has proved to be an ideal setting for entire families to deal with end-of-life issues for their loved one — a quiet and dignified surrounding where devotion can be affirmed, where forgiveness for past failures can be sought, where estrangements can be healed, where peace and acceptance can be found, and where final good-byes can be spoken.
Hospice House provides eight bright and cheery rooms, each with its own private bath, as well as a kitchen and dining facilities, a meditation room, and office space for clinical staff. A cook prepares nutritious meals daily and makes every effort to be responsive to the special needs of Hospice House patients. The full spectrum of hospice care is available to Hospice House residents.
To be considered for admission to Hospice House, one must be a Hospice of the Piedmont patient and undergo an assessment by a hospice professional to determine the appropriateness of Hospice House residency.
The hospice benefit provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance policies covers the cost of basic hospice care. However, the additional costs of room, board, and around-the-clock staffing at Hospice House are not covered by these plans. Families are asked to compensate Hospice of the Piedmont for these expenses, according to ability. A financial specialist is available to work with families to identify their need. Donations to the Hospice House Endowment, a fund intended to ensure access to Hospice House for any patient regardless of their ability to pay, are gratefully accepted.
Because the first priority of Hospice House staff is patient care, we request that you direct calls for further information about Hospice House vacancies or admission criteria to our direct lines: 434-817-6900 or 1-800-975-5501. Just let our receptionist know you are calling about the Hospice House or a patient there.
Make a gift online to the Hospice House Endowment, or call John Healy, Director of Advancement, at 434-817-6910 with any questions or to discuss opportunities to honor or remember loved ones with a named space at Hospice House. Together, we can continue to make this compassionate gift available to our community, a home away from home that will enrich the journeys of hospice patients for years to come.