Compassionate Care, for those in need.

At Beacon Hospice, we provide compassionate care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Because patients prefer the comfort of familiar surroundings, we provide care wherever patients reside, whether in a private home, a nursing home, an assisted living facility or other in-patient setting.

Beacon Hospice


Hospice is not a place. Rather, it is a philosophy of caring for people with a life-limiting illness and providing the most peaceful, harmonious environment possible.

Hospice is the model for quality, compassionate, end-of-life care. At Beacon Hospice, we understand and respect the circle of life. As life's circle completes, our focus is on caring, not curing. With an emphasis on quality of life rather than quantity, we maintain the core belief that our patients should be allowed to complete their days in peace, without pain, and in the company of their loved ones with their comfort and dignity preserved.

The Beacon Hospice team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides, and volunteers is committed to treating the person, not just the disease.

If you or someone you love has a life-limiting illness, Beacon Hospice may be the answer for you.

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Services


Just as every person is unique, so is every patient. Listed below is a snapshot of our services. However, our patient care plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient and family.

Beacon Hospice offers complete physical, emotional, and spiritual support and services including:

  • 24-hour / 7-day a week on-call assistance
  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Pain Management
  • Symptom Management
  • Medical Supplies
  • Medical Social Services
  • Caregiver Respite
  • Daily Living In-Home Assistance
  • Spiritual Support
  • Grief Counseling
  • Bereavement Services

Beacon Hospice provides care when and where patients need it. Care can be provided at home, in an assisted living facility or in a skilled nursing facility where patients are surrounded by the familiar things they cherish and the people they know and love.

Once a referral is made, we will contact the patient/family within an hour.

Coverage & Benefits


Hospice services are available as a benefit under Medicare Part A, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies. Coverage includes all levels of care and medications, durable medical equipment, dressings, supplies and transportation related to the disease process.

Our goal is to provide you and your loved one with the highest quality of care. If you have a concern or complaint about patient safety and/ or quality of care provided by Beacon Hospice you may contact us at: 843-972-0500

Medical Professionals


Death is a natural and inevitable completion of life's circle, and helping patients achieve a comfortable passing can be one of the most important and rewarding services a physician can provide. Hospice is for people in the final stage of life, not just for people on the verge of death. However, many patients are referred for hospice care so late in their illness there is little time to fully benefit from all of the services. When patients are not referred until the last weeks or days, there may be time to control the patient's pain and symptoms, but not enough time or energy to address the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Early referral not only results in better resources, but also allows time to say goodbye. This opportunity can greatly reduce the chance that the family's grief will be complicated and prolonged.

Referrals


Knowing when to refer a patient to hospice can be a difficult task and a hard decision. Knowing what services hospice provides can help you make this important decision for your loved one. Hospice is appropriate when the focus turns from treatment to comfort. The goal of hospice care is to deliver quality care and comfort care versus aggressive treatment. When the focus turns to relief of distressing symptoms, hospice may be the answer for you.

Some of the greatest confusion about hospice arises when figuring out when someone is medically eligible for care. The traditional idea of having a prognosis of six months or less is very difficult to determine and can give rise to further confusion — such as believing that services are available only just six months, which is not necessarily the case. Every patient is different, as is their  diagnosis, disease, and progression of illness. Beacon Hospice uses guidelines for diagnoses that clearly define if a patient is eligible for our services. Our team works closely with you and your physician to make this determination.

It is important for patients to receive care as soon as possible. Studies show that timely hospice intervention can prolong life, decrease symptoms, support family members, minimize hospitalizations, and save patients and their family's money.

Referrals for hospice can come from family members, physicians, hospitals, and even patients themselves. All it takes is a phone call to a Beacon Hospice representative and they can speak with you about hospice services. There is no obligation to receive services if you are not ready. However, if you wish to pursue hospice services, a Beacon representative will contact your doctor to receive permission to evaluate and treat.

If you know someone who may benefit from Beacon Hospice services, please contact a location near you.