Hospice Care

Hospice care focuses on the quality of life rather than its length. It provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. Bear Hill has partnered with Hallmark Health and Hospice for over 20 years. They provide experienced, thoughtful and valuable support to our residents, family and staff.

Hallmark VNA Health and Hospice

Hallmark VNA Health and Hospice


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hospice care with hallmark

The hospice philosophy accepts the realities of the final stage of living: It affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones passing. Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease, working to manage symptoms so that a person’s time may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by loved ones.

Hospice care is used when someone can no longer be helped by curative treatment. It gives the patient supportive or palliative care, which is treatment to help relieve symptoms but not cure the disease. Its main purpose is to improve quality of life. Patients, family members and medical professionals all contribute to the decision of when hospice care should begin.

Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission, which means the agency complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, and is committed to continually improving patient care.

Bear Hill partners with Hallmark because of the organization's reputation as an elite provider of hospice services, and because—like Bear Hill—the agency continually receives letters from grateful patients and their families acknowledging quality care from a quality team.

Hallmark ranks high in performance outcomes tracked by Medicare. These outcomes include how often patients get better at walking or moving around, managing their medications, getting in and out of bed, bathing, pain management and wound care.The Hospice Care program at Bear Hill is family-centered—it emphasizes the role of the patient and the family in making decisions.