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Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill.

  • The goal of hospice care is to provide care for people who are terminally ill by managing their pain and other symptoms.
  • People of all ages who are terminally ill can receive hospice care during the final months of life. Such care includes not only medical care, but also psychological, social, spiritual, and bereavement services.
  • In addition, the family of a hospice patient benefits from the education they receive regarding caregiving as well as counseling services designed to help them with their spiritual and social needs. At the same time, the provision of medical equipment and medicines helps ease the family’s financial burden.

Here in the northwest corner of Alabama, Hospice of the Shoals finds itself operating in an area populated almost entirely by competing hospice organizations that are, in fact, privately-owned, for-profit companies and corporations. We are very proud to be able to say that we are a community-oriented, NOT-FOR-PROFIT hospice.

That means something to us…and it means something to the people for whom we care. It means that we are not here for the benefit of an owner or a group of stockholders. We exist solely to provide loving, compassionate, highly skilled end-of-life care for patients with a life-ending illness as well as practical, emotional, and spiritual support for their families.

Any excess funds we receive in payment from Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance stay in our organization providing us with the means to better care for the patients and families we serve. We are a 501(c) (3), United Way organization overseen by an all-volunteer board of directors made up of local healthcare professionals and community-minded citizens.

So if you have questions concerning hospice care, please don’t hesitate to call. An understanding friend is waiting at 767-6699. AT HOSPICE OF THE SHOALS WE CARE FOR PEOPLE…NOT FOR PROFIT.

Who is Involved?
A number of professionals are involved in a patients plan of care.

How does it work?
Get a overview of how the hospice care process works.

Who needs Hospice?
Are you not sure if you or someone you love needs hospice care?

Hospice FAQ
Get answers to frequently asked questions when it comes to hospice care.