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Hospice Care

Hospice is a specialized program for the terminally ill or those with end stage disease. Stella Maris was one of the first Medicare certified hospices in Maryland, and we have walked this path with thousands of families. Hospice care at Stella Maris is not just a service, but part of our mission.

Rather than focusing on curative measures, the goals of hospice are directed towards the patient’s comfort, alleviation of pain and other symptoms, and support for the family. Through hospice, we strive for maximum quality of life at end of life by providing spiritual, mental, emotional and physical care to the patient, and offering bereavement support to the family and other caregivers through The Counseling Center at Stella Maris.

Our interdisciplinary team is comprised of our Medical Director who is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, Aids, Social Workers, Pastoral/Spiritual Workers, Hospice trained volunteers, and Grief and Loss Counselors, all available to guide the patient and family through the end of life journey.

Stella Maris provides both Home Hospice as well as Inpatient Hospice Services.

Home Hospice: One of the benefits of hospice is that it can be provided anywhere. Our Home Hospice Program provides services in the home, in assisted living facilities, in the nursing home at Stella Maris, as well as other nursing home settings. Stella Maris Home Hospice Care covers a wide geographic region including Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford and Carroll Counties. For more information, call our hospice admissions office at 410-252-4500, ext. 7294.

Inpatient Hospice: Our 20 bed inpatient unit is located in Baltimore County on 180 acres of rolling hills near Loch Raven reservoir. Our unit has spacious family areas and double decks, so family and friends can spend time together. Families and friends are encouraged to visit frequently as visiting hours are unrestricted. Pets are welcomed on our unit.

Stella Maris accepts Medicare and most private insurances. In keeping with Mercy tradition, the Sisters of Mercy can provide for the uninsured and under-insured patients at end of life. Patients who require hospice services but do not have insurance can apply for Lyness Funding. Monsignor John U. Lyness was the beloved Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson from 1972 until his death from cancer in 1983. He was the first person admitted to the hospice inpatient unit at Stella Maris, and an endowment fund was established at Stella Maris in his honor.

When it’s peace of mind you are looking for, and extraordinary end of life care, call us at 410-252-4500 ext, 7307.

Hospice Eligibility

Terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less are eligible to receive hospice services. Patients and families who are interested in receiving our services will be guided through the process by our liaisons and admitting staff. Patients and families will receive information on insurance coverage and levels of hospice care prior to admission into our home hospice or inpatient unit.