Hospice is a philosophy of care designed to meet the special needs of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their
families. The modem hospice movement grew out of the work of Dame Cicely Saunders, a British physician,
who cared for patients in the 1940s. Dr. Saunders founded St. Christopher's in 1967, which charted new directions
in both the philosophy and techniques for treatment of those with life-limiting illnesses.

While planning St. Christopher's, Dr. Saunders said: "The name hospice, 'a resting place for travelers or pilgrims,'
was chosen because this will be something between a hospital and a home, with the skills of one and the
hospitality, warmth, and the time of the other." The emphasis was on pain and symptom management, as well as
social, emotional and spiritual support.

The first hospice in the United States was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1970. The hospice program
of palliative home care was more fully developed in the US during the 1970s, and modeled on St. Christopher's

In 1983, the US federal government endorsed hospice care through Medicare legislation. Since then, the number
of hospices participating in the Medicare program has grown significantly, and there are more than 2000 hospices
in the United States.

Hospice Support Services of Northern Neck
is a hospice care provider serving Warsaw, VA and the surrounding area. Hospice Support Services of Northern Neck offers care and emotional, social, and spiritual support for patients and their families in end-of-life scenarios.

Volunteer Hospice Support Program

• Anyone in the community diagnosed with a life-limiting illness,
• A primary caregiver, a patient or family desiring support program intervention for a patient
living in service area.

Hospice care volunteers provide emotional, practical and spiritual support to patients and
their families. This includes transportation, supplies and loan of medical equipment.

Cost of Services

Source of Funding
 . Donations
 . Fundraisers
 . Memorials

Riverside Hospice Agencies believes that when time is of the essence, quality of life is essential. Our trained Hospice care providers can help reduce the distraction of managing pain or medications so you can focus on what's important: time together. In the comfort of home, you and your loved ones will receive physical, emotional, social and spiritual care during your journey.

Medicare Certified Hospice Program

• The patient must have a doctor's order with a life-expectancy prognosis of six months or less;
• The patient must have accepted the diagnosis and prognosis, and will not receive curative
• The patient must live in an area supported by Hospice.

• Clinical program of skilled nursing services
• Social services by licensed social workers
• Spiritual care
• Bereavement support
• Support groups
• Volunteer services

Cost of services
Most Insurances cover Hospice at 100%.

Become a Hospice Volunteer
Hospice provides volunteers who are trained to assist the patient and family with knowledgeable and caring help.
Hospice volunteers are your friends and neighbors living on the Northern Neck; they believe the quality of life is
of utmost importance. The care they provide is as unique as the patients and families they serve.

Many opportunities are available for men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the ways in which
volunteers can help include:

• Listening and giving emotional support
• Providing transportation
• Running errands
• Giving respite time to caregivers
• Assisting with projects and activities
• Helping care for family pets
• Reading aloud
• Helping write letters
• Providing support to the family
• Assisting in the Hospice office
• Assisting with fundraising events

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