Hospice Care Enhances the End of Life
Gilchrist provides care that allows people to live their final months and days to the fullest. Above all, our focus is on providing quality care without pain, in the place that provides the most solace.
What Is Hospice Care?
Hospice care enhances the quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses, while also providing support to caregivers. Choosing hospice does not mean giving up. Instead, it simply means shifting the focus of care to comfort and quality of life.
Founded in 1994, Gilchrist is the largest hospice in Maryland. We provide comprehensive, compassionate care to people with serious illness and their families. Examples of diagnoses appropriate for this care are cancer or end-stage heart, lung, kidney and neurological disease. Our team of professionals and volunteers provides support that addresses all needs—medical, emotional, social and spiritual. We serve adults as well as children, focusing on helping people live life to the fullest.
Is Hospice Covered by Medicare?
Hospice is a Medicare entitlement program. As such, Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice. In addition, most insurance plans provide hospice coverage. Covered services include:
- In-home visits by all members of the hospice interdisciplinary team
- Medications for pain control, symptom management and other conditions related to the life-limiting illness
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Bereavement support services
- Inpatient care
- Respite care
Where Is Hospice Provided?
Gilchrist serves the Central Maryland communities of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties. We bring our care to you—whether you live at home or in a residential care center. Gilchrist ensures you receive the medical attention you need when and where you need it. We also provide care in our Gilchrist inpatient centers.
What Should I Expect with Hospice?
Whether your family chooses home care or inpatient care, you can expect many benefits. The Gilchrist team provides hands-on personal care, pain and symptom management, medications, medical supplies and equipment wherever your loved one is receiving care. Your family will receive education about:
- Disease progression
- Caring for your loved one and the dying process
- Help accessing benefits
- Navigating the health care system
- Decision making
Additional programs that Gilchrist offers are the Jewish Care and Support Program, Music Therapy, and We Honor Veterans. Gilchrist is here to provide all the support your family needs throughout the hospice and after the death of a loved one.
Not Ready for Hospice?
Gilchrist offers a wide range of services to help at any stage of illness. Our care navigators will listen to your needs and connect you to the services that are right for you.