The Hospice program at Chandler Hall focuses on a holistic model of care. Originating in 1982, the Quaker Community saw the need to provide dignity and respect for those individuals requiring additional care during end of life diagnoses. Chandler Hall has provided care in home and in our Hospice Pavilion for over 35 years.
Residential HospiceHospice at Home
History of Hospice at Chandler Hall
As a pioneer in hospice care, Chandler Hall has been providing a caring and compassionate alternative for the patient and family faced with a terminal illness, regardless of ability to pay, since 1982. Centering on the care of the whole person, the hospice program helps people live well until they die. As one of the first two hospices in Pennsylvania, this in-home, volunteer-intensive program provided symptom control, family counseling, spiritual care and practical support to families. In time it became apparent that a need existed for an inpatient setting, and by 1986, Chandler Hall opened the doors to an eight bed residence, the forerunner of the current Heacock Hospice Pavilion, which was completed in 2001 and expanded our capacity to 14 beds, including private and semiprivate accommodations.
Heacock Hospice Pavilion
The residential hospice program provides inpatient hospice care in our Heacock Pavilion. Care recipients and families often choose this option if the patient’s care needs exceed what the family is able to provide at home. Chandler Hall offers a homelike environment where round-the-clock nursing care is available.
I realized that the people of Chandler Hall were taking care of me, as well as my husband on his last day.
Chandler Hall Family Member, Kyla Donnelly
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The hospice program is also available short term for respite stays, symptom management and crisis care. The hospice staff values the individuality of every person receiving hospice care. There is respect for the individual’s choices and values and respect for the family’s roles, values and belief systems. The hospice staff communicates openly and honestly with the individual and their family.
Some features of the Heacock Hospice Pavilion include:
- Homelike Setting
- Oversized Beds
- Spa / Jacuzzi Tub
- Hair Dresser
- Daily Newspaper
- Private Kitchen Facilities
- Meditation Room / Library
- Computer Accessibility
- Restraint-Free Setting
- Pets are welcome to visit
- Registered Nurse (RN) available 24 hours per day
- 24 / 7 Visiting Hours for Adults and Children
- Meal Options are available 24 hours per day
- Smoke-Free Setting with available Smoking Area
- Natural Setting surrounding the Patio & Garden area
Hospice at Home
Hospice is usually provided through visits to the person and their family wherever they are living. There is access to skilled nursing services 24 hours a day to meet emergent needs. The hospice staff will work with the person and their family to meet their goals. Hospice allows the natural course of the illness to take place while providing the person dignity and respect and freedom from pain.
Home Hospice Care includes the following:
- Individualized Plan of Care
- Holistic Model of Care
- Pain & Symptom Management
- Assistance with Personal Care
- Assistance with Home Management
- Counseling for the Patient & Family
- Spiritual Support
- Bereavement Support
- Financial Counseling
- Therapy service (if indicated)
- Education in End-of-Life Issues
- Medication Management
- Volunteer Support to help with Care, Chores, Recreation & other needs
The hospice staff values the individuality of every person receiving hospice care. There is respect for the individual’s choices and values and respect for the family’s roles, values and belief systems. The hospice staff communicates openly and honestly with the individual and their family.
Continuity of Care is a tremendous benefit and unique feature of Chandler Hall’s Hospice Program. If a person is receiving hospice care at home and requires a short term stay for Symptom Management or Respite, they are able to admit to Chandler Hall’s Heacock Hospice Pavilion, ensuring familiar faces and caregivers that are already familiar with their situation.