Hospice


Location: 
2500 W. Sims Way
Port Townsend WA 98368

Contact Jefferson Healthcare Hospice at 360-385-0610.

Hospice Foundation

Jefferson Healthcare Hospice is licensed by the state of Washington and is a Medicare/Medicaid–certified provider. We have been providing end-of-life services since 1980. Our Hospice team is a member agency of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. We have a reputation for high professional standards and service excellence.

Our focus is on reducing pain and enhancing quality of life while providing comfort and support. We develop an individualized program to provide medical, emotional, psychological, financial, social, and spiritual care as requested.

Our medical director, Joseph Mattern, MD, is a graduate of Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wis. He is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Interdisciplinary Team

Jefferson Healthcare Hospice uses an interdisciplinary, medically directed team to care for and support our clients as well as their families and caregivers. Our hospice team includes our hospice medical director, hospice RNs, social workers, home health aides, clergy, therapists, trained volunteers, and each client’s personal health care provider. The hospice medical director consults with the hospice team on a regular basis. Client care is directed by each client’s individual provider. 

Together, this team provides comprehensive palliative care aimed at relieving symptoms and giving social, emotional, and spiritual support. Our holistic approach neither hastens nor postpones death but strives to make each day as meaningful as possible. Hospice care in Jefferson County is most often provided in the client’s home, but care also may be provided in a nursing home or other residential location.

Nursing Care

Each hospice client is cared for by an individually assigned nurse who makes both regularly scheduled and as-needed visits to the client to manage pain and symptoms. In addition, our hospice provides on-call nursing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The goal of pain and symptom control is to help our clients to be comfortable while also allowing them to remain in control of their lives and sufficiently alert to be able to make important decisions. 

Throughout the time that a client is under hospice care, the nurse case manager keeps the primary medical provider informed about the client’s condition and makes adjustments to the care plan as needed.

Therapies

As ordered by the client’s hospice nurse, hospice will provide any necessary therapies, including physical, speech, and occupational therapies. Occupational therapy services include recommendations for safety modifications to the client’s residence, such as bathtub handrails and shower modifications. 

Prescriptions, Medical Equipment, and Supplies

Hospice is able to provide, at no cost to the client, those prescriptions, equipment, and supplies that are directly related to the hospice client’s diagnosis. The nurse coordinating the hospice client’s care will ensure that the client has whatever is needed to manage pain and maximize comfort. In most cases, supplies and equipment are mailed or delivered directly to the client’s home or place of residence. Hospice of Jefferson County uses a national hospice pharmacy that provides 24-hour on-call support by licensed pharmacists. We also use the services of Bellevue Healthcare for our medical equipment needs. 

Social Support

Social workers are available to visit hospice clients and their caregivers on a regular basis. They provide individual and family counseling to help with the adjustment to terminal illness. They also can assist with financial issues and with access to other community resources that may be needed. 

Home Health Aides

Home health aides are available to assist with bathing, oral care, hair and nail care, and shaving. The aides also are available to instruct caregivers about proper skin care, positioning, and safe transfer to and from bed.

Volunteers

Trained volunteers are available to assist hospice clients and their families in a number of ways. They can spell the usual care provider, staying with the client so the caregiver can take a break. They also are available to provide transportation, run errands, help with household chores, and serve as an occasional companion to the client, if desired. 

Volunteers are available to sit at the bedside, read to the client, write letters on behalf of the client, and share hobbies and special interests.

Specially trained vigil volunteers are available around the clock for up to three days to accompany the dying and their families while a person is in the active dying process. These volunteers will come to the home, the hospital, or other care facilities.

What We Offer You

We on the hospice team are trained, qualified spiritual care professionals. We offer to 
  • discuss your particular end-of-life spiritual issues;
  • provide spiritual care based on your needs and your beliefs, practices, faith traditions, and rituals;
  • assist your family, friends, caregivers, volunteers, and staff with issues, questions, and grief processes;
  • be a simple, gentle, and loving presence, in silence or in dialogue; and
  • act as a liaison to local spiritual organizations, congregations, clergy, and other spiritual leaders, as desired.

Our Invitation to You

We wish to enable you to come to a fuller awareness of who you are and how much you matter here and now, just as you are, in sickness as in health. Call us at 360-385-0610.