Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
The end of life is a universal experience that all of us face, both for ourselves and the people we love. It can be difficult to determine the best way to meet the needs of an ailing loved one while keeping them comfortable in their last days. UNC Hospice focuses on providing coordinated compassionate care, outside of hospital setting, allowing patients to live out their lives meaningfully and peacefully. Hospice is an integrated service that puts the patient and family first, providing not only medical but also emotional and spiritual care.
We are open and accepting patients.
"You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die."
- Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement
Our Hospice Home
North Carolina awarded UNC Health Care with a Certificate of Need (CON) to build the facility in Chatham County on February 25, 2014. The 11,000 square-foot building will be constructed on 2 acres of wooded land. It will also be environmentally certified as UNC Hospitals’ first LEED building.
The planned hospice home will provide a comfortable home-like environment including ten private rooms, each with its own outdoor patio. The new building will also include all the services and amenities that will make patients and families feel at home, including kitchen, dining room, meditation space, family visiting areas, and children’s play room. A glassed-in porch will bring the outdoors inside throughout the year and provide a calming and beautiful view for patients. Landscaping will be thoughtfully designed to provide color and invite birds. The building will be located in Chatham County with easy access to major highways. There will be space for all clinical functions and administrative support.
"Everyone who works for us in hospice, whether paid staff or volunteer, feels that it is a true calling. It’s not just helping the patient; the unit of care for hospice is always the patient and the family."
- Ann Ritter, Pastoral and Grief Counselor
Proposed Services at Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
- Nursing Services: Including pain and symptom management, comfort measures, diet and medication review, and frequent monitoring of the patient’s physical status. The staff communicates regularly with a patient’s physicians to ensure continuity of care. The facility will be clinically staffed by RNs and CNAs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Social work, bereavement and chaplain services: These services, to be provided by existing staff, will be available to all patients and their families. Our counseling, support groups, and bereavement services are offered to our families for 13 months following the death of a loved one.
- Dietary Consultation Services: Provided by our existing Registered Dietician.
- Volunteer Services: Trained volunteers will work at the hospice facility providing supportive visitation, receptionist duties and spending time with the patients in order to provide a time of relief for caregivers.
The Need for a Specialized Inpatient Facility
UNC Hospice has been serving patients in Chatham County and surrounding communities with in-home based care since 1999. Our patients and families receive a continuum of support from a team of skilled nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, pastoral and grief counselors and trained volunteers.
But for some families, this is not adequate. For a variety of reasons, they cannot care for their loved one at home. They need a specific place for their family member’s last days, weeks or months. As of now, there is no dedicated inpatient hospice nearby, with the closest facility located in northern Durham County. As a result, many patients and their relatives have to travel long distances to receive the care they need, creating an emotional and financial hardship for them.
“UNC Hospice has wrapped their arms around our family and made a difficult time much easier to cope. Having a facility here in Chatham would offer a much-needed option for local families by being close to home during the end of life care.”
- Family Member