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Hospice

Hospice Care with Compassion

With a personal touch, Masonic Village Hospice helps patients complete their lives joyfully, as well as provide support for loved ones. Hospice focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and promotes comfort and self-determination, enabling patients to participate in decisions about their care. Masonic Village Hospice offers 24-hour on-call assistance, so you and your loved ones can be at peace knowing support is only a phone call away.

We take the time to understand and value the wishes of each patient and family, as we want others to know hospice isn’t about giving up. It’s about celebrating life and cherishing the time left. Staff work to create lasting memories for patients and their families, which have ranged from arranging a couple’s anniversary date night to flying an airplane. We are also a proud participant in the We Honor Veterans program and recognize veterans may have unique end-of-life needs. We honor patients who are veterans with handmade blankets, special services and more. It is our privilege to provide care to these heroes.

Many times, patients’ families tell us they wish they had known about hospice sooner, as they can see the positive impact in their loved ones’ lives. For many families, hospice gives them time to reflect, share memories and provide emotional support to each other without worrying about providing care.

Helping Families Heal

Overcoming grief is not about forgetting, but remembering. It is not about moving on, but finding a new way to live. Masonic Village Hospice offers bereavement support in the form of individual and group sessions, newsletters, personal phone calls and support packets with information about grieving and its stages. Loved ones receive support for as long as needed and are given the contact information for a bereavement coordinator who is there to help families heal after loss and understands grieving isn’t the same for everyone. For information on support meetings and group sessions, please call 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

Frequently Asked Questions

We care for patients with a wide range of illnesses including cancer, advanced cardiac, pulmonary, kidney or neurological disorders and advanced dementia, at the end states of life.

Based in Elizabethtown, Masonic Village Hospice is pleased to offer services to patients in their residential homes, nursing homes, retirement communities or skilled facilities throughout Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon and Eastern York counties.

Hospice is available for patients with a limited life expectancy, right in the comfort of their home. The sooner we start providing care, the more effectively we can enhance the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Some signs which could indicate a need for hospice care include decreased appetite or weight loss, increased emergency room or physician visits and continued pain, shortness of breath or exhaustion. Once the patient, family and physician agree that care should focus on pain control and symptom management rather than aggressive curative care, hospice services can begin with the authorization of the patient’s primary physician.

We are happy to talk over the phone or in person to discuss whether hospice is the appropriate choice for you or recommend services that may be a better fit, such as home health or home care. We will coordinate care with the patient’s physician, who assists in supervising all services.

Each patient’s care plan is overseen by a registered nurse and hospice medical director. Personal care assistance is given by certified home health aides, and visits are conducted by specially-trained nurses with expertise in pain control and symptom management at least weekly. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are offered to each patient, as well as dietary consultations. Medical social work services and spiritual counseling and support by inter-faith chaplains is also available to patients. Alternative therapies including music, massage, aromatherapy, essential oils, bet therapy, Healing Touch and visits from volunteers also soothe and add to the experience of a Masonic Village Hospice patient.

Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. There are certain eligibility requirements that need to be met before these plans will authorize care. Our staff will work with the patient’s insurance company to coordinate benefits. As a not-for-profit, Masonic Village Hospice is committed to providing the best care to patients, regardless of their financial means.

Contact Us

Hospice services are offered at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

Phone: 717-367-1121, ext. 18449

Email: mvhospice@masonicvillages.org

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Open for Everyone

We will provide an initial consultation within four hours of you contacting us. Visits to existing patients will be made within two hours of receiving the request.

We offer in-home or on-site service within a 30 mile radius of our location, indicated by the circle on the map below.

Letters of Love

“My dear hospice friends, allow me this opportunity to thank all of you for the wonderful care you gave my wife. It was a remarkable experience, after so many years as a hospice medical director, to stand on the other side and receive your care, concern and deep compassion. I was – and remain – moved by your love. While I miss my partner of 59 years, I am comforted that she is now in God’s hands.”

Dr. George Simms

“Thank you for taking such good care of my husband while he was in your care. Your kind, gentle and professional care provided an extraordinary service. The daily phone calls were greatly appreciated. You all were truly a blessing.”

Sally Smith

“We could not have made it through these last few months without all of your help! Your love for my father and me was amazing. You guys are simply the best at what you do. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but it’s all I have right now. My heart is at peace knowing my dad was in your care. I believe he is finally happy.”

Laurie Ward