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Hospice

Berger Hospice is the only nonprofit hospice provider in Pickaway County, and we've been serving residents of the community for more than 20 years. When you get care from Berger Hospice, you'll work with a compassionate, multidisciplinary team that's available around the clock.

What is hospice?

Hospice is a concept of care, not a place of care or a name of an agency. It's designed to help people cope with the challenges that come with a terminal illness, and care typically begins when treatment for a condition is no longer desired or no longer effective.

At the end of life, people need physical and emotional support, so they can stay comfortable while maintaining their dignity. And family members need help attending to their emotional and spiritual needs as the patient's life comes to a close.

A hospice team's role is to offer care to both the patient and that patient's family. Since families have such varied needs at the end of life, hospice teams must include members from many different disciplines so that they can offer what the family needs when they need it.

Hospice is most effective when it's used over a period of months or weeks. That allows the team to help the patient and the family to mentally and spiritually prepare for what lies ahead.

Meet your hospice team

The members of our hospice team are members of your community. They are your neighbors, and they can be trusted to care for you—no matter when you need help. We have a registered nurse on call 24 hours a day.

We've also established partnerships with local pharmacists and care providers who, like our care team, are on call and willing to help in all hours and in all circumstances.

Our hospice team includes:

  • Chaplains.
  • Health aides.
  • Nurses.
  • Physicians.
  • Social workers.
  • Therapists.
  • Trained volunteers.

They all work together to offer a wide range of services to benefit families in need.

Hospice services we offer

We care for people of any age battling end-stage, life-limiting illness, as certified by an attending physician. When we have that diagnosis, we work closely with the physician to carry out an appropriate plan of care. We also ask one family member to work as a primary caregiver, and we work closely with that person too.

In addition to regular nursing visits, we can provide end-of-life care services, including:

  • Bereavement resources and support groups.
  • Home healthcare provided by a hospice aide.
  • Medical social services.
  • Skilled nursing care.
  • Spiritual support.

We provide home hospice care, and we also provide care in Pickaway County nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.

Find out more about hospice care

At Berger Hospice, we rely on donations from our community to cover costs that are not funded by Medicare, Medicaid or insurance providers. For more information on donating to the Berger Hospice Fund, contact the Berger Health Foundation at 740.420.8209 or visit us online at bergerfoundation.org.

We are also actively seeking volunteers for our hospice program. Visit our volunteers page to find out more.

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