What Is Hospice?

What Is Hospice?

“I used to think hospice was about quitting and giving up, and now I realize it’s about hope.”

- A patient’s wife

What is hospice?

Hospice is a service, not a place, and is based on the firm belief that everyone is entitled to excellent care at the end of life.

chair-by-waterDedicated to respecting people’s choices and preserving human dignity, hospice works with families to provide loving care to terminally ill patients, with a focus on quality of life and comfort instead of cure. The oldest and most experienced hospice in the region, Hospice of the Piedmont has provided expert, compassionate pain control and symptom management for tens of thousands of patients facing life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and more since 1980.

Our team of credentialed, experienced physicians, nurses, aides, chaplains, social workers, bereavement counselors, and well-trained volunteers provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support. The only local, community-based, nonprofit hospice in the region, we’re different from for-profit organizations.

  • Our Center for Children provides children—both terminally ill ones, as well as those who have suffered a loss—with comprehensive, specialized, non-medical support designed to make life easier as they share the end-of-life journey.
  • Our Center for Grief & Healing provides those suffering a loss—children to adults—an understanding and supportive environment where they can process their grief and heal.

Hospice comes to patients, working with loved ones to provide care at home or in a hospital, nursing home, retirement community, or assisted living facility. When family-supported hospice no longer works in those settings, our beautiful, historic Hospice House and state-of-the-art Center for Acute Hospice Care may provide round-the-clock skilled services.


Facing the end of life and ready to share the journey?
Contact Hospice of the Piedmont now:
1-800-975-5501, 434-817-6900, or info@hopva.org.