Hospice care and services in Virginia

All HCA Virginia hospitals partner with providers across the region to offer compassionate end-of-life (hospice) care. These services are available at all our facilities, allowing patients to choose a hospice provider who best meets their needs.

For more information about our hospice services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.

Hospice vs. palliative care

Hospice care is provided to by experienced, knowledgeable physicians and nurses who assist patients and their families in instances in which end-of-life is expected for a patient. This may result after an injury, disease or natural conditions, such as age. Conversely, palliative care may be provided at any time during the course of a condition or treatment.

Ultimately, the goal of both services is patient comfort.

In-hospital hospice care

Because hospice care is typically end-of-life care, it is most often provided in the patient's home. However, there are times when this is not an option because 24-hour continuous medical care is necessary. In those cases, HCA Virginia's facilities provide an intensive level of care and a supportive environment for your family.

Our inpatient hospice care services

We've made our hospice care centers comfortable and home-like. We have also equipped these facilities with advanced technology. This combination ensures we are able to provide high-quality inpatient hospice care to each of our patients and their families.

Our inpatient hospice care units help patients who need:

  • Frequent adjustments to medications to help manage symptoms
  • Management of persistent symptoms (physical and/or behavioral) because they cannot be managed easily in another setting
  • To transition from a hospital to receive a higher-level of medical assistance

Specialized senior care at Reston Hospital Center

Retreat Hospital Center is an acute community hospital which is also designated as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE). This indicates the highest commitment to the enhanced treatment and care of elderly patients. Hospice care services here include a dedicated inpatient hospice unit operated by Hospice of VA.

How to get hospital-based hospice care

For more information on our inpatient hospice care, call us at (804) 281-0451.