Family Hospice

Home Nursing - HospiceWe’ve been partnering with physicians for more than 40 years to meet the needs of patients coping with a chronic or life-limiting illness. 

Our advance practice nurses, therapists, social workers, and specially-trained hospice staff develop a plan to provide treatment, support, personal care, and a number of specialized services for both the patient and family. Hospice staff is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week for:

  • Symptom and pain management
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Volunteer and grief support

Care is available in personal residence, nursing facility, hospital or assisted living/personal care home.

As members of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Family Hospice proudly shares Moments of Life Made Possible by Hospice. This national campaign shares brief videos about the memorable moments in the lives of patients and their family members because of Hospice care. There are also educational resources about Hospice care, caring for someone with a life-limiting illness, and grief and loss. 

What Makes Family Hospice remarkable?

  • Service excellence is our mission!
  • The region’s only hospice agency offering innovative technology and pediatric services
  • Our advance-practice healthcare professionals enhance patient care and support
  • Specialized services are offered such as the Healing Patch and palliative care consultation
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Care is provided to patients and families with limited resources or insurance

Do you understand hospice?

Click on the links below to hear about hospice from Kathy Baker, Vice President.

How can we help you?

We treat the person, not the disease.
The hospice team of specialists builds a unique partnership with patients and is comprised of healthcare professionals, all of whom address the medical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

We emphasize quality of life.
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. 

We consider the entire family, not just the patient.
Patients and their families are included in the decision-making process and bereavement counseling is provided to the family after the death of their loved one for 13 months. Upon request, clergy assists the patient and family with the emotional and spiritual aspects of end-of-life. Our hospice volunteers provide support to patients and their families. They can assist with daily activities to enhance the quality of life for patients and help relieve some of the demands that are often placed on caregivers.

Learn more about Family Hospice from our team:

On a recent broadcast of Central PA Live, Mary Jo Colian, Senior Manager Hospice Quality and Education, and Jessica Clare-Albright, Hospice Quality and Education Specialist, shed light on some common hospice misconceptions.


On this broadcast of Central PA Live, Dr. Amy Swindell, Hospice Medical Director, and Kathy Baker, Vice President, Family Hospice, shared the clinical expertise involved in Family Hospice care for patients.


Questions? Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions