Why Choose A Non-Profit Hospice?

At Hospice of Chesterfield County, instead of focusing on generating profits for stock dividends, we reinvest revenue to improve patient care and family bereavement support programs. As a non-profit Hospice, our bottom line isn't a number.  It's the pride we take in successfully delivering a deeper, more personal level of care to our patients and their families. Read More

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Hospice of Chesterfield County is to provide quality, compassionate health care and support services for eligible terminally ill persons and their families in Chesterfield & Marlboro counties, enabling them to experience death with grace and dignity. Read More

Services

Transitions: Program of Supportive Care

Hospice of Chesterfield County offers the Transitions program to patients with a life limiting illness and are still receiving aggressive treatment. Transitions provides case management services, and specially trained, experienced and caring volunteers who offer support, friendship, and respite care to patients and their families while they live with their illness. Volunteer support could include assistance with errands, chores, and food preparation. The Transitions Coordinator will be glad to talk with patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers about the program. To make a referral or for more information, please call our Transitions Coordinator at 843-623-9155.

Levels of Care

At Hospice of Chesterfield County, we understand that patient care needs vary. We respond by offering the category of care that meets the individual patient's needs, in the setting that is most appropriate and comfortable. These categories of care include:

  • Routine Home Hospice Care
    We provide care wherever you call home. Often, this means providing care in the patient's own home. Our team of professionals schedule regular home visits to ensure that physical, social, and emotional needs are met.
  • Inpatient Hospice Care
    If pain or symptoms cannot be controlled at home, the patient can be cared for in a hospital or other inpatient care facility. When the symptoms are under control, the patient can return home.
  • Respite Care
    Often the caregiver is a family member who provides around the clock care.  This can become exhausting.  When caregivers need a rest from their responsibilities, patients can stay in a hospital or other inpatient care facility for up to five days.
  • Crisis Care
    Sometimes a patient has an increased skill need requiring close medical attention. When this happens, we have trained specialists who can provide immediate care. Our staff will remain with the patient until the patient's needs have stabilized.  When the crisis is over, the patient can return to routine care.

Staff Responsibilities

Each of our patients is served by a team consisting of the patient's primary care physician, the hospice medical director and hospice nurses. This team assesses the patient's condition and provides management of pain and other symptoms. Members of this medical team are available 24 hours a day.

This team also includes hospice aides who assist with bathing, personal care, hygiene, light household chores and brief periods of respite care. Medical social workers help identify and resolve problems, coordinate resources and provide counseling. Trained volunteers provide emotional support and companionship, help with simple home tasks, run errands, and offer brief periods of relief for the caregiver. The chaplain and clergy provide spiritual counseling. Bereavement services are offered to the family for up to one year following the patient’s death.

In addition to basic services, the following palliative care services are provided according to the written plan of care when related to the terminal illness: durable medical equipment, including oxygen; medical supplies; drugs and biologicals; continuous care during a period of medical crisis; short term inpatient general and respite care; laboratory, x-ray, and other outpatient services; speech, occupational and physical therapy; dietary counseling; palliative IV therapy and hydration; tube feeding; ambulance transports; and palliative radiation. If hospitalization is required, the Hospice team continues to work with the physician, family, and the hospital staff. Hospitalization may be provided at McLeod Health Cheraw and at other hospitals throughout the Carolinas.

A Guide to Hospice Care for Residents of Cheraw Healthcare, Chesterfield Convalescent Center and Dundee Manor

What Is Hospice?

Hospice is a program of care and supportive services designed to help terminally ill persons live as comfortably and as fully as possible during the last stage of their life.  The Hospice organization focuses on the maximum comfort and care of the terminally ill and provides support through an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers.  The Hospice of Chesterfield County staff work with the staffs of Cheraw Healthcare, Chesterfield Convalescent Center and Dundee Manor to help the patient manage pain and symptoms of their illness.  Volunteers, clergy and other staff members help the patient and family prepare for and adjust to the inevitable final stage of life.

What Is Hospice's Role In The Nursing Home?

Hospice of Chesterfield County staff are experienced in and dedicated to providing excellent end-of-life care, and the staffs of Cheraw Healthcare, Chesterfield Convalescent Center and Dundee Manor are experienced in and dedicated to providing excellent long-term care.  A partnership between Hospice of Chesterfield County and these staffs promote optimal end-of-life care for patients and families based on a coordinated plan of care.  Hospice professionals are responsible for coordinating Hospice's plan of care with the nursing facility.  Hospice provides the same level of services as it would to those residing in private homes.  The staff of Hospice of Chesterfield County is always here to offer the loving, professional care needed when dealing with a terminal illness.

Who Is Eligible To Receive Hospice Services?

Hospice of Chesterfield County services are available to all residents of Cheraw Healthcare, Chesterfield Convalescent Center and Dundee Manor who meet the following criteria: 1) The patient shall have a limited life expectancy with the anticipated prognosis determined by the physician to be six months or less; 2) The patient and family must want Hospice services; and 3) The patient shall be receiving or desires palliative rather than curative treatment or care, with palliative being defined as care which enhances comfort and improves the quality of a patient's life.

Who Refers Patients To Hospice?

Anyone...whether it be a physician, other health care professional, family member, friend or the patient...may refer someone to Hospice of Chesterfield County.  Admission to the program is dependent upon the willingness of the patient and the family to participate and available within 48 hours, seven days a week with a physician's order.  

Anyone desiring information or wishing to make a referral may call the Hospice of Chesterfield County offices at 843-623-9155, 843-537-2008, (843) 672-9155 or 1-800-572-9322 Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM.

Who Pays For Hospice Services?

Many health insurance companies offer a comprehensive Hospice care benefit plan.  If the patient has Medicare or Medicaid, they may become eligible for the special Hospice benefit.  However, as a community-based non-profit organization, Hospice of Chesterfield County stands firmly behind our pledge that care will not be denied or diminished because of an inability to pay.

Hospice of Chesterfield County receives considerable financial support from the local community through memorials, honorariums, individual gifts, endowments, bequests, and donations by churches, businesses, corporations, and community organizations including the United Way of Chesterfield County and the Pageland/Jefferson United Way.

What Services Are Available?

Hospice of Chesterfield County makes available all services to residents of Cheraw Healthcare, Chesterfield Convalescent Center and Dundee Manor that are available to those residing in their private homes.

  • The Hospice medical team includes the patient's primary care physician, the Hospice medical director, and the Hospice nurses. They assess the patient's condition and provide management of pain and other symptoms.  Members of the medical team are available 24 hours a day.
  • Hospice home health aides assist with bathing, personal care and hygiene, light housework and extended visits.
  • Medical social workers help identify and resolve problems, coordinate resources and provide counseling.
  • Trained volunteers provide emotional support and companionship through regular visits.
  • The chaplain and clergy provide spiritual counseling.
  • Bereavement counseling is offered for one year for the family.
  • In addition to the basic services, an array of palliative care services and therapies are available according to the written plan of care when related to the terminal illness.
  • If hospitalization is required, the Hospice team continues to work with the physician, family and staffs of the local hospital and Cheraw Healthcare, Chesterfield Convalescent Center and Dundee Manor. Hospice of Chesterfield County has contracts with McLeod Health Cheraw and with other hospitals throughout the Carolinas.
What Is The Mission Of Hospice of Chesterfield County?

The mission of Hospice of Chesterfield County is to provide quality, compassionate health care and support services for eligible terminally ill persons and their families, enabling them to experience death with grace and dignity.

Important Questions To Ask When Deciding On A Hospice Provider
  • What Is The Hospice's Response Time In An Emergency?
    Since Hospice of Chesterfield County serves patients only in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties, our staff is here, ready to assist when a patient has a crisis.
  • What Makes Hospice of Chesterfield County Different?
    Hospice of Chesterfield County is a community-based non-profit organization founded through a grassroots effort of a faith-based group of caring area citizens to provide quality, compassionate care for the terminally ill in our own communities. Through the generosity of area individuals, businesses, churches and civic groups, Hospice of Chesterfield County has been able to provide care to over 1,500 terminally ill residents since 1993.  At Hospice of Chesterfield County our primary focus is on the needs of those we serve, not our financial bottom line.  As we whole-heartedly put our patients first, our community has always generously provided.
  • How Often Will Hospice Staff Visit?
    Again, as a non-profit organization, our primary focus is on serving those in need.  We will work with the physician, nursing home staff and the patient and family to determine the frequency of visits.  At Hospice of Chesterfield County we view "Hospice" as a mission, not just a business.
  • Are Local Volunteers Available?
    Volunteers began our agency and continue to be the "backbone" of Hospice of Chesterfield County.  We offer volunteer training, and we are fortunate to have many residents of Chesterfield and Marlboro counties trained as patient care volunteers.  These caring individuals can add considerable "sunshine" to the days of residents through their special visits.
  • What Local Support Services Are Available?
    Due to the generosity of the local community, Hospice of Chesterfield County is able to meet the special needs of those we serve.  Hospice of Chesterfield County also offers support group meetings, a children's bereavement camp for the surviving young relatives of those we serve and other children in the community, and a memorial service honoring our patients.

    Hospice of Chesterfield County offers the Transitions program to patients with a life limiting illness and who are still receiving aggressive treatment. Transitions provides case management services, and specially trained, experienced and caring volunteers who offer support, friendship, and respite care to patients and their families while they live with their illness.  Volunteer support could include assistance with errands, chores, and food preparation. The Transitions Coordinator will be glad to talk with patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers about the program.  To make a referral or for more information, please call our Transitions Coordinator at 843-623-9155.



    For more information about your "Hometown Hospice" call Hospice of Chesterfield County at 843-623-9155.