Palliative Care and Hospice
Now caring for hospice patients in their own homes, outside the Goodwin House communities
Goodwin House Palliative Care and Hospice grew from a need within our retirement communities. Residents expressed a desire to have Goodwin House provide services that enable residents at the
end of life to live their last days at home with dignity and in comfort. Goodwin House Hospice was
founded in 1998, and later expanded to include palliative care.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for persons with serious illnesses who often continue to
seek curative treatment; palliative care focuses on providing relief from both the symptoms and the
stress of the illness.
Hospice provides compassionate care for persons facing the end of life; hospice care begins when curative treatments have ended. Goodwin House provides both hospice and palliative care to residents
of our retirement communities. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for both patients and their families.
In 2016, we extended our hospice services, and we now provide the same end-of-life care, dignity, compassion and respect to individuals ages 18+ living in their own homes throughout Northern Virginia.
Our team members are medical practitioners trained in these areas of specialized care. We work in a team setting, providing patients, their families and their caregivers with physical, emotional and spiritual care and support. We tailor our services to meet the needs and wishes of both our patients and their families, and we are reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Be a Friendly Visitor for a Hospice Patient!
Goodwin House Palliative Care and Hospice is seeking volunteers to serve in their expanding program to serve Northern Virginia residents in their homes. As a volunteer, you will offer the comfort and companionship of a friendly visit with hospice patients. You may also provide respite by sitting with patients while their family members and care providers leave the house, or assist with running errands. Must be able to visit a hospice patient in his/her own home at least once a week. Orientation and ongoing training will be provided. Please join our hospice team for this rewarding work!