Hospice and Palliative Care
Compassionate, Personalized Care
At the final stages of life-limiting or terminal illness, everyone deserves to live each moment with respect and dignity. MetroWest Hospice Care provides compassionate palliative care for patients in their own home or in an environment of their choosing. We work to provide a holistic approach for patients, caregivers and their families, treating every need. MetroWest Hospice Care strives to affirm life and regard dying as a natural process. We neither hasten nor postpone death, but rather emphasize the quality of remaining life.
About Our Hospice Team
Our highly trained team provides care and support seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The hospice team at MetroWest is an interdisciplinary team made up of hospice doctors, primary care nurses, certified home health aides, social workers, volunteers and a chaplain. We work with you or your loved one and anyone he or she wishes to include on a care plan for pain and symptom management, assistive medical equipment and everything else needed to keep the patient safe and comfortable.
Who Qualifies for Hospice?
Those who qualify for hospice care include:
- A person diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness
- A person with a life expectancy of six months or less, should his or her illness run its course (many patients receive hospice care for a longer period of time)
- A person who is no longer seeking curative treatments for his or her illness
Who Pays for Hospice?
MetroWest Hospice Care accepts Medicare, MassHealth and any private insurance with a hospice benefit. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for patients and families for any medical equipment, such as oxygen, hospital beds or wheelchairs, or for medications used to relieve symptoms. In addition, all staff-related costs are fully covered.
Support and Bereavement
We work to support surviving family and caregivers by providing bereavement and support groups, as well as 13 months of grief counseling. We also hold Celebrations of Remembrance twice a year to celebrate the lives of those we have lost. All groups are facilitated by a clinical social worker.
To learn more about the hospice services we provide through MetroWest Medical Center, we encourage you to give us a call. Please contact us at (508) 383-7000.