Home Health & Hospice

(304) 473-6800

Our Home Health Agency provides individuals who are temporarily homebound with an acute illness, professional and support services in their home, allowing them to return to their former level of independence.

To provide individuals with chronic illnesses who have long-term skilled care needs, the professional and support services needed to maintain their health at the optimum level while in their home.

To provide on-call services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To educate the caregiver about providing daily care for their ill family member.

To provide ongoing education to our referral sources and the community about home health services.

St. Joseph's Hospital Home Health Agency provides quality, compassionate care in the comfort of your own home. We have highly qualified Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Home Health Aides and Medical Social Workers available to meet your needs.

The costs of our services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Worker's Compensation, and many private insurers.

Nursing Services:

  • IV Therapy
  • Assessment and Teaching
  • Foley Catheter Care
  • Medication Instruction
  • Wound Care including Wound Vac

Nursing Aide Services:

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Bathing
  • Grooming

Physical Therapy Services:

  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Instruction on the use of walkers, canes and other assistive devices

Medical Social Services:

  • Assistance with the completion of advanced directives
  • Referrals for assistance with medications
  • Referrals for additional community support

St. Joseph's Hospital Home Health Agency is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is a Medicare-certified Home Health Agency.

St. Joseph's Hospital Home Health Agency is available to all persons without regard to age, race, sex, creed, religion, national origin or physical handicap.


St. Joseph's Hospital Hospice is a program of care designed to provide end-of-life support to patients and families. The program focuses on the person and not the disease. It is desgined to help patients live the fullest, active lifestyle possible.

Referral to Hospice is appropriate when the person has a terminal illness and can no longer benefit from curative treatment. The typical hospice patient has a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice costs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurers. Private pay on a sliding scale is available and services will not be discontinued based upon ability to pay.

Our Hospice Team

Hospice Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, medical social workers, therapists, aides and volunteers who provide medical, nursing care and support services, not only to the patient, but also to the family.

Levels of Care:

Routine Home Care:

Routine Home Care provides the patient care in the familiar surroundings of their home, cared for by those who love them. Our hospice home care staff provide professional guidance and emotional support.

Respite Care:

There may be times when a family requires relief from the duties of providing care on a daily basis to their family member. Respite care is arranged through the staff of St. Joseph's Hospice.

Continuous Care:

At times, pain and other symptoms may require several hours of continous care by the hospice staff in the patient's home. This level of care is available as approved by the hospice team. It is often utilized in a crisis situation.

Inpatient Managment:

Pain and other symptoms can require more intense medical management that can be made available in the home. If needed, hospice inpatient management is arranged through St. Joseph's Hospice.

Bereavement Care:

Following the death of the patient, family members may continue to need support. Hospice maintains a bereavement program for families expressing a need for this level of support.

Advantages of Hospice Care:

Hospice, under the direction of the physician, seeks to enable the patients to live each day as fully as possible by controlling pain and managing other symptoms.

Hospice care addresses the medical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient.

Hospice emphasizes the importance of the patient's and family's involvement in the decision making and development of the Hospice plan of care.

Hospice addresses the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the the family during the terminal illness and provides bereavement counseling after the death of their loved one.

Hospice Goals

  • To enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill patient and family.
  • To provide care which will allow the terminally ill person to die with dignity at home surrounded by family and friends.
  • To provide cost-effective alternatives to more traditional care during the final stages of illness, dying, and bereavement.
  • To provide pain control and symptom management.
  • To relieve fear, loneliness, guilt and anxiety of the patient and family members.
  • To provide on-call services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • To educate the caregiver in providing care for their loved one.
  • To provide bereavement services to the family.
  • To educate the community about the hospice concept.

St. Joseph's Hospital Hospice

St. Joseph's Hospice provides end-of-life services to individuals and families in Barbour, Braxton, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties.

St. Joseph's Hospice is available to all persons without regard to age, race, sex, creed, religion, national origin or physical handicap.