Hospice House of St. Mary's Accepting Patients Beginning Nov. 30

CALLAWAY, Md. (Nov. 18, 2009)—Hospice of St. Mary's began as a small, all volunteer organization in 1982 when a few visionary individuals, led by Dr. Patrick Jarboe, saw the need for specialized end-of-life care of patients. November is National Hospice Month and it is fitting to recognize the vision of Hospice's founders lives on at the new Hospice House of St. Mary's in Callaway, which will start accepting patients Nov. 30.

At times, individuals with terminal illnesses have special needs that cannot be attended to in their own homes. For these individuals, the Hospice House offers assistance and a place to call home.

Hospice House of St. Mary's is the first of its kind in the county, thanks to the many community members and organizations that helped to turn the vision of a hospice house into a reality.

The house, located on 23 acres of wooded land in Callaway, offers a country kitchen, a great room, a dining room for special family gatherings and a meditation room. Spacious private bedrooms include a large bathroom, a hospital bed, double sleeper sofa and comfortable seating, as well as French doors to private patios and/or a huge deck overlooking the grounds.

For most people, the ideal setting is their own home. However, not everyone has the support or resources to stay at home. Hospice House of St. Mary's brings the expertise of hospice care into the warm and welcoming environment of a home setting. It gives hospice patients and families a place that provides 24-hour, high quality, compassionate end-of-life care and is a place of dignity, comfort and peace.

To learn if Hospice House is appropriate for you or your family's needs or to schedule a private tour of the house, please contact the Hospice office at 301-994-3023.

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