HPH Hospice: A Snapshot

We understand that hearing the word hospice or making the first call to our organization may be one of the most difficult steps you’ve ever taken.  However, HPH Hospice’s  (HPH) staff and volunteers are here to ease that heavy burden and provide the best of care and support during your journey. We embrace our patients and their loved ones.

2014 marks HPH’s 30th year of serving terminally ill individuals in Pasco and Hernando counties, making us the original hospice in these areas. In 2005, HPH began serving Citrus County residents.

Can Hospice Help?

Hospice is not a place. Rather, it’s a philosophy of care.

To be eligible for hospice, one must be diagnosed with a terminal illness and have a life expectancy of six months or less. The patient’s physician or an HPH Hospice physician can certify eligibility. But anyone, including the patient or family member, can make the first call to HPH to discuss our services and determine if hospice care may be appropriate. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

What Choosing HPH Hospice Means

  • Dignity, compassion and peace of mind for the patient and family.
  • A continuous and uncompromising focus on comfort and pain management.
  • A commitment to make the most of every day.
  • A plan of care that’s customized to fit the unique needs of each patient.
  • A hospice where the patient “calls the shots” and makes the decisions if he or she is physically and mentally capable of doing so.
  • Regularly scheduled visits from our hospice team members including the hospice nurse, hospice aide, social worker, chaplain and volunteers. If a patient or family would like a visit by an HPH Chaplain, we uphold your belief system.
  • Visits by the patient’s physician or an HPH Hospice physician wherever care is taking place in Pasco, Hernando or Citrus counties.

Dignity, compassion and peace of mind for the patient and family.

  • Ongoing education from team members about the patient’s condition and symptoms. Understanding can help to decrease anxiety.
  • Medication and equipment related to the terminal diagnosis delivered to the patient’s door seven days a week.
  • Trained, trusted HPH volunteers who visit; provide caregiver respite; honor veterans; offer music therapy, comfort touch or the making of a legacy video; a visit from an HPH Compassionate Paws therapy dog; or 11th Hour volunteers who sit with patients who are actively dying, especially those who may have no family or loved ones who live far away.
  •  Adult bereavement services and a Children’s Assistance Program founded in 1987 to help those affected by a loved one’s illness and/or death. All bereavement counseling is provided at no charge and is also available to any grieving resident of Pasco, Hernando or Citrus counties.
  • Four neighborhood offices throughout HPH’s tri-county service area to provide resources and support.

Where Care Takes Place

Most HPH Hospice care takes place in private residences, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

HPH also has beautiful, homelike Hospice Care Centers that are for individuals who have a terminal illness and need short-term, round-the-clock care due to a variety of acute medical needs. Care at these comfortable facilities focus on relief of pain and acute symptom management. Loved ones are welcome to stay overnight at any of our Hospice Care Centers or visit whenever they please, day or night.

What is the Cost?

HPH Hospice care for terminally ill individuals is provided regardless of one’s ability to pay. The same applies to our bereavement programs for families of the deceased and the community.

Many people ask how this is possible. HPH Hospice receives reimbursement from Hospice Medicare or Medicaid benefits and insurance that covers hospice care. We are also very grateful for our donors’ generosity.

What Does HPH Stand For?

HPH Hospice was once called Hernando-Pasco Hospice before it began serving Citrus County residents in 2005. Shortly thereafter, we shortened our name to HPH Hospice.

Hospices Are Not All The Same

To ensure that you receive the services explained above and HPH Hospice care, please ask for us by name with any hospice related question or referral. You can also find our Contact Us page HERE.