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Hospice House

Hospice House

The Hospice House of St. Mary's opened in fall 2009 and serves as a place of dignity, comfort and peace. At times, individuals with terminal illnesses need care that cannot be provided in their own homes. For these individuals, Hospice House offers care and a place to call home. Hospice House of St. Mary's is the first of its kind in our county, thanks to the many community members and organizations that helped turn the vision of the house into a reality. This attractive residence, located on 23 acres of wooded land in Callaway, Maryland, offers a country kitchen, great room, dining room for special family gatherings and a meditation room. Spacious private bedrooms include a large bathroom, fully electric patient beds, a double sleeper sofa and comfortable seating, as well as French doors to private patios and/or a huge deck overlooking beautifully landscaped grounds.

When might care at the Hospice House be appropriate?

Many situations may occur in which Hospice House care would be appropriate, but the most likely scenarios may be if the patient lives alone, has a caregiver who is unable to continue care for his or her loved one at home, or if there are intense pain and/or symptom management needs.

What amenities does the Hospice House offer?

Residents and their loved ones will relax in one of our six peaceful bedroom suites complete with private bathrooms and common areas. Other amenities include a spacious community living room, an open deck with a breathtaking view of our rural 23-acre property and a beautifully landscaped memorial garden. Patient meals are prepared daily by staff or Hospice volunteers in a country-style kitchen. Meal planning is overseen by a registered dietitian.

What costs are involved?

Hospice of St. Mary’s does not turn anyone away for the inability to pay. Though hospice care is covered by most insurance policies, it does not cover the cost of room and board charges at the Hospice House. Room and board at Hospice House is assessed at a flat daily rate with a sliding scale fee available to residents of St. Mary’s county, based on the patient’s ability to pay. The sliding scale is determined by an analysis of the patient’s income vs. expenses (not taking into consideration personal property such as land or home). Our social workers will review this with the family by looking at tax returns, bank statements, sources of income, and the patient’s monthly expenses (mortgage, utility bills, credit card bills, grocery costs, etc.) to see if the patient would qualify for a reduced rate. Payments would be made by the patient directly or by a family member on the patient’s behalf. When needed, our social workers can help families in preparing documents to give financial access to the patient’s designee.

How can you help?

Volunteers are always needed to prepare meals, maintain cleanliness, complete errands and maintain the yard. Volunteers can be of any age, but must provide their own transportation. Learn more about volunteering at Hospice of St. Mary's.