For nearly four decades we’ve offered comfort, compassion and excellent care to patients and their families at one of the most difficult and vulnerable times in their lives. Our community remembers us as Yancey County Hospice and Palliative Care but in 2019 we choose a new name to better reflect the progressive, geographic organization we are – Compassionate Care Western North Carolina. We remain however, the same local, nonprofit group of professionals and neighbors, dedicated to clients and families in Western North Carolina who are striving for the best quality of life for as long as possible. Our motto is our promise, “Wonderful care, when you need it most”.
Yancey County Hospice was formed by an all-volunteer staff in 1982 and was Medicare-certified in 1984. Growth came, and with it a beautiful administrative office in 2000 and the addition of palliative care services in 2016. In 2019 we renamed ourselves Compassionate Care Western North Carolina to better reflect the progressive, geographic organization we had become.
While all Medicare-certified hospices are required to provide certain core services, the manner in which they are delivered varies greatly from one to another. Compassionate Care Western North Carolina focuses on a higher standard of care. That is evidenced by the fact that we’ve received National Hospice Honors for seven consecutive years.
For a person suffering from a serious illness with no cure, hospice provides critical medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. It is provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers who believe that patient and family wishes come first.
Palliative is a specialized medical care that provides patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, and focuses on improving the overall quality of their lives and that of their families. Palliative care can begin at the time of diagnosis and continue along with aggressive treatments.
Far too often people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before considering their options. It’s not until later that they realize the best way to get the full benefits of hospice or palliative care is to talk about it before it becomes an issue.