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Introduction to

Hospice & Palliative Care of VA

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     The term Hospice often makes people hesitate. Sometimes they hesitate because they don’t know what it means or because it deals with death and dying. Those individuals who have a “good” experience with Hospice will testify as to the mission and worthiness of this service.

Hospice is:

  • Accepting death as a natural part of life.

  • An interdisciplinary team that includes nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aids and volunteers working together to provide end-of-life care for the terminally ill patients.

  • An opportunity for patients to spend their remaining days at home, with family and friends.

  • Palliative rather than curative care, when a cure is no longer deemed possible.

  • High quality, comprehensive, pain-free care.

  • A way for the dying to maintain dignity and self-respect.

  • Care with an emphasis on pain and symptom control, which can include alternative therapies such as hypnosis, aromatherapy, music, and massage.

  • Support for family members during and after the dying process.

  • Provided by Hospice and Palliative Care of Virginia to all persons in the nine-county service area in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances.

     HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE of Virginia is a full service, non-profit community based medical provider, established in 1993. Recognizing that traditional health care is unable to address the many needs of the dying patient, H&PC of VA was founded to fill the gap in end-of-life care, fulfilling the special needs of the terminally ill and their families.

H&PC of VA is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3,  community-based organization. Programs and services are provided to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability or ability to pay.


Meet Polyp Man, aka volunteer Eddie Icenhour. Eddie was one of several volunteers who helped with the annual colorectal cancer awareness programs at local Food City stores. To see more photos of Polyp Man, please click here.