Hospice Care: The Team Approach

What is Hospice?

twohandsCaring for life throughout the journey with illness and loss is the mission of Hospice of the Chesapeake.  For more than 36 years Hospice of the Chesapeake has cared for more than 30,000 hospice patients and nearly 100,000 family members who have lost loved ones. 

Hospice and palliative care organizations across the country are well-positioned to help our health care system create a new model of compassionate and comprehensive care.  Hospice of the Chesapeake, because of its strong community partnerships, well-respected expertise in hospice and palliative care, and holistic approach to care for patients and their loved ones, offers a compassionate model of care for our community.  The warmth and skill of our Hospice team who embrace patients' physical, emotional and spiritual needs makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.  

There are many myths about hospice care.  To learn more about them, click here


Asian DoctorHospice is a philosophy of highly-skilled care that embraces the mind, body and spirit and focuses on comfort and quality of life.  Hospice care treats the individual rather than the disease and honors the patient's needs with medical, emotional and spiritual support. 

At Hospice of the Chesapeake, we are dedicated to those in our community who are facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness.  Our unparalleled team of physicians, nurses, chaplains, certified nursing assistants and social workers specializes in the art and science of symptom management.  Specially trained volunteers offer support to patients and their families.

We wanted to be a family again one last time at home. Hospice made it happen.
                  ~Joe, father of a Hospice patient


  • AA Father daughterWhen a cure is no longer possible, hospice care enables patients to manage their pain and symptoms with comfort and dignity as well as live life to the fullest extent possible. 
  • We provide care in the comfort of the place the patient calls "home."  This may be a private home, nursing facility, hospital, assisted living community or group home.
  • Dedicated staff members are available 24/7 to answer questions and assist with any transition in care. 
  • Hospice services are generally covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. 
  • The decision to enroll in hospice can be changed at anytime if the person's illness improves or if the person chooses to resume curative treatment.
  • Hospice care honors the patient's needs and wishes; we offer special programs for Veterans and pediatric patients. 



Hospice staff, the nurses, everybody really pitched in and made us feel supported.  They are fantastic. 
                  ~Sylvester, grandson of a Hospice patient



In response to the needs of our patients and families, in 2015 we opened the 14-bed Rebecca Fortney Inpatient Care Center on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus in Pasadena, Md.

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The Rebecca Fortney Inpatient Care Center is designed for those patients whose pain and symptoms cannot be safely managed in a residential setting.  The 14,000-square-foot center offers families and patients serence spaces, including a sanctuary, family room and kitchen, in which to gather with loved ones.  Each patient's room opens to a peaceful garden setting.  

Patients and families benefit not only from the medical care at this state-of-the-art acute care center, but also from the warmth and skill of our Hospice team. 

To learn more about the Rebecca Fortney Inpatient Care Center and take a virtual tour of the building, click here


dog kissesThe Chesapeake Life Center, a program of Hospice of the Chesapeake, provides holistic, compassionate grief support programs for individuals and families whose lives are impacted by an unexpected diagnosis, advancing illness or the loss of a loved one.  We provide grief counseling to children, adults, families and members of the community.  We also provide complementary therapies and healing arts to bring comfort and peace. 

In addition to standard grief counseling, the Chesapeake Life Center offers an annual bereavement camp for children and teens.  Our perinatal and infant loss program supports individuals and couples who have experienced an unexpected pregnancy diagnosis, miscarriage, still birth or infant death. 

For more information on the Chesapeake Life Center and its services and programs, please click here to visit their website. 


Anne Arundel County
John & Cathy Belcher Campus
90 Ritchie Highway 
Pasadena, MD 21122
phone: 410.987.2003

Prince George's County
9500 Arena Dr. # 250
Largo, MD 20774
phone: 877.462.1101