Hospice of the Northwest provides support to patients and families at a time when they may be experiencing discomfort, confusion, stress, and grief.
We focus on improving everyone’s quality of life with a complete range of services designed to ease the symptoms of late-stage illness. Working with you, your loved ones, and your physician, we will create a plan of care centered on your goals, needs, beliefs, and comfort.
The team works holistically to look at ways of decreasing suffering that is physical, emotional, spiritual, and psycho-social. Under the guidance of a registered nurse, hospice medical director, and your primary physician, your symptom control medications will be administered according to your personal wants and needs. Your entire hospice care team including nurses and social workers are able to educate you and your loved ones about what is happening with your illness to ease decision-making and alleviate anxiety.
Integrative therapies such as massage, therapeutic music, aromatherapy, and animal assisted activities can also reduce pain and suffering through non-medical interventions. Social workers, spiritual counselors, and nurses work together to decide if a referral for one of these therapies might help the patient.
Certified hospice care aides provide personal care such as bathing, shaving, skin care, and nail care. They are available to teach family caregivers best practices in caring for each patient.
Non-denominational spiritual counselors trained in end-of-life concerns are available to provide spiritual support in your home. Your personalized care may include exploring life and death, saying goodbye to loved ones, finding hope and meaning, and dealing with grief.
Social workers coordinate additional support available in the community, help with complex financial and medical decisions, and assist with final arrangements so you can focus on spending time with loved ones and living life each day to the fullest.
Volunteers strengthen our team by providing a caring and comforting presence to our patients and their circles of support. Other vital positions filled by volunteers are described on the Hospice Volunteer Opportunities page.
We’ll help you gain confidence while learning the skills to care for your loved one in the best possible way. We’ll also be observant regarding your needs and provide you support so you can continue to care for your loved one.
Each journey through grief and loss is unique, however you don’t have to experience it alone. Our comprehensive bereavement services are available to family members and friends of Hospice of the Northwest patients, as well as to people in the communities we serve: Skagit, Island, San Juan and North Snohomish counties.
Our outreach team is skilled at presenting on end-of-life topics such at Hospice 101, Aging in Place, Advanced Directives, and Understanding Grief. Speakers are available to present at any venue to audiences of any size. Interested in an educational presentation? Click here to submit a request.
Hospice services are provided wherever the patient lives—at home, an assisted living facility, a hospital, or a skilled nursing facility.
In addition to scheduled visits, you are welcome to call with questions or concerns at any time: staff are available around the clock for consultation.
In fact, hospice is most effective when it begins sooner, rather than later. Many families say they wish they had known about hospice earlier.
Get more information or speak to someone about grief by calling (360) 814-5570.