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Hospice Inpatient Care

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A pioneer in healthcare, Community Hospices' Inpatient Unit was opened in 1978.  It is the first and only inpatient unit (IPU) in the District of Columbia, and it fulfills a vital community need for palliative symptom management for residents. Co-located with The Washington Home, a skilled nursing facility, the IPU  manages patients' pain and symptoms and provides support for their families.


Team of Dedicated Professionals. The IPU team of professionals specializes in palliative care:

  • Physician, Board Certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Pharmacist with a specialty in Palliative Pharmacology
  • Registered Nurses, certified in hospice and palliative care
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker                                                                                                                         
  • Chaplain
  • Bereavement Services
  • Specially trained volunteers                                                                                                 


24/7 Patient Care. The hospice team provides 24-hour symptom management to patients            
 in our family-friendly facility:

  • nine private rooms
  • children/adult/pet visiting hours 24/7
  • peaceful living room/lounge/kitchen and dining area                                                                    
  • private consultation room
  • patient-access to outdoor patio/fountain
  • overnight accommodations for family members                                                                                                                                        

Clear Admission Criteria. Community Hospices provides general inpatient care for patients who require pain and/or acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in other settings including:

  • Complicated technical delivery of medication requiring RN and MD for calibration
  • Frequent assessment and medication titration by MD/RNevaluation by physician/nurse
  • Aggressive treatment  requiring skilled nursing care to control pain and other
    symptoms including:
             respiratory distress
             severe agitated delirium or acute anxiety or depression secondary to the end-stage
                   disease process


Intake Staff

Our experienced staff is ready to assist you.  Call us at 1.866.234.7742 and we will help guide you through the system, and answer all questions regarding insurance coverage.

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