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Hospice Care

When curative treatment stops, it’s time to call Hospice.
Involving Hospice Care earlier means a
better quality of life for you and your loved one.

Hospice Care is specialized medical care providing pain and symptom management, emotional, and spiritual support to patients of all ages (including Pediatric Patients) who no longer seeking curative treatment and for whom life expectancy is 6 months or less. This care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of Four Seasons hospice professionals including Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, CNAs, Social Workers, Chaplains, a Music Therapist, Volunteers, and other specialists who work together with your primary health care provider. Four Seasons is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your loved ones navigate your care needs.

Why Choose Four Seasons?

Serving 13 counties in Western North Carolina, Four Seasons is one of the premier Hospice and Palliative care providers in the country. As Four Seasons has grown, our reputation for high quality of care has earned national recognition, achieving Deemed Status in the 2021 Joint Commission Survey, awarded Hospice Honors for a high level of quality care, and bestowed the Circle of Life Award, awarded for Four Seasons provision of innovative care. Staff members regularly present at national conferences on the specialized services and research our agency provides.

Because we are a non-profit healthcare organization, we are free to truly focus on the patient, and to provide care to everyone, no matter of their ability to pay.

When Hospice Care is recommended, please know you ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE, even if our name isn’t mentioned. Ask for Four Seasons by name.

Questions About Hospice

Who Provides Care?

Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of Four Seasons hospice professionals including Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, CNAs, Social Workers, Chaplains, a Music Therapist, Volunteers, and other specialists who work together with your primary health care provider. Four Seasons is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your loved ones navigate your care needs.

Who Needs Hospice Care?

Hospice Care may increase the quality of life and provide comfort to patients of any age with a life expectancy of 6 months or less and who are no longer seeking curative, life-prolonging treatment. Four Seasons Hospice Care provides care to individuals of all ages, including pediatric patients.

Where is Care Provided?

Hospice Care is provided wherever the patient receives care – a private home, nursing center, assisted living community, hospital, and when symptoms cannot be managed elsewhere, our Elizabeth House. It is provided in all of the counties that Four Seasons serves: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, and Transylvania.

When do I call Hospice Care? Is it just for the last days?

We recommend you call as soon as possible. You or your loved one does not have to be in your final days to be provided Hospice Care. Medicare provides a six month hospice benefit –not six weeks, not six days; which is a common misconception. Often people who receive Hospice Care in fact live longer than six months and live a fuller, more pain free life. Studies show that patients who receive Hospice Care may actually live longer.

Why Should You Choose Four Seasons?

For over 42 years, Four Seasons has been providing serious illness care to Western North Carolina. As an award-winning, nationally recognized non-profit organization, Four Seasons is known for fast response times, compassionate care, and for making our patients a priority over all else.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is specialized medical care providing pain and symptom management, emotional, and spiritual support to patients of all ages who no longer seeking curative treatment and for whom life expectancy is 6 months or less.

What Are the Levels of Care Available in Hospice?

Four Seasons offers Four Levels of Care:

  • Routine Home Hospice Care: Hospice Care provided wherever you call home.
    General Inpatient: Short-term, high-level care at Elizabeth House for pain and symptom management that cannot be managed in another setting.
  • Respite Care: One to five days of Hospice care provided at our Elizabeth House or other approved facility that offers caregivers a break.
  • Continuous Care: High-level, uninterrupted care provided in the home by a dedicated care team to manage acute medical symptoms during a time of crisis.

How Does Hospice Care Help?

We provide pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, as well as grief counseling for the patient, caregiver and family. Some of the ways in which we help are to:

  • Support patient and family goals and wishes
  • Manage pain, symptoms, and medications
  • Provide comfort care
  • Facilitate complex decision making through a supportive interdisciplinary team
  • Provide Grief Support and Spiritual Care for Family members

How is Hospice Care Paid For?

  • Commercial Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Private Pay
  • VA
  • Four Seasons Foundation

Hospice Information, Articles & Resources

What is Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care?

What is Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care?

The Difference Between Adult and Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Pediatric hospice and palliative care are like running a marathon rather than a sprint. Children’s bodies are resilient and they change quickly. So, the “finish line” isn’t always clear. When...

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Bill Troutman’s Story and Veteran Pinning Ceremony

Bill Troutman’s Story and Veteran Pinning Ceremony

Four Seasons was honored to provide our 1000th Veteran pinning ceremony to Bill Troutman in February 2024. Bill's wife, Elaine, told Bill's story at the ceremony, and we invite you to read her words below. You can also view the video of this special ceremony below. We...

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Putting People First

Putting People First

Putting people first means that your healthcare wishes and desires direct the path of your care and that’s exactly what Four Seasons does. Our Four Seasons Hospice Team works with you and your existing providers to ensure that what matters most to you is prioritized...

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5 Reasons to Call Hospice Sooner

5 Reasons to Call Hospice Sooner

It's a myth that Hospice is only for the final days of life. In fact, it’s recommended that as soon as you are eligible for hospice, you call us, so that the time you have left is on your terms and so that we can ensure that your wishes are carried out. To qualify for...

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Four Seasons Announces Pediatric Care Program

Four Seasons Announces Pediatric Care Program

Four Seasons is pleased to announce its new Pediatric Palliative & Hospice Care Program, Riversong. Although palliative and hospice care are often provided to aging persons, there are cases where pediatric patients are in need of these types of care. Four Seasons...

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How I Became a Hospice Volunteer

How I Became a Hospice Volunteer

Author: Dave Stewart, Hospice Volunteer How I Became a Hospice Volunteer I have been a Hospice volunteer since 2018. Before 2018, I had heard that Hospice was an organization that helped terminally ill patients, but that was about it. My sister developed a brain...

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The Power of Unconditional Giving

The Power of Unconditional Giving

Author: Elise Boren, Hospice Volunteer The Power of Unconditional Giving You're missing out on a huge opportunity for just a little of your time! I would like to share my experience with the immense power of giving. I have been involved with hospice care on one level...

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The Gift of Volunteering for Hospice

The Gift of Volunteering for Hospice

Author: Julia Hunt, Four Seasons Volunteer The Gift of Volunteering I recently heard that Jimmy Carter has chosen to go into hospice. When I heard this I said to myself, “What a gift it would be to be able to be his volunteer.” Of course, what is true for me is that...

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We Make House Calls Wherever You Call Home

We Make House Calls Wherever You Call Home

Author: Dr. Ruth Thomson, Four Seasons Chief Medical Officer When people think of hospice care, they often picture care in a hospice inpatient unit or hospice house, like Four Seasons’ Elizabeth House, where hospice patients receive 24-hour care provided by hospice...

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Resources for Providers

Please note that all Palliative and Hospice care referrals should be faxed to 855.355.4067.

Testimonials

Learning to Stand Again

Learning to Stand Again

After losing his wife, Robin, Bill Tankersley struggled to stand again. Through volunteering at Four Seasons, Bill slowly rediscovered his purpose. Read about how volunteering and supporting the people who cared so dearly for his wife helps Bill to push through even...

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Blessed by Care, Wisdom, & Ongoing Support

Blessed by Care, Wisdom, & Ongoing Support

As shared by David Riddle, Spouse of Hospice Patient My wife, Peggy Riddle, entered hospice care in October 2019 and entered heaven on February 8, 2020. Throughout that time, our family was repeatedly blessed by the care, wisdom, and ongoing support from Peggy’s care...

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For More Information

To learn more about Four Seasons Hospice Care services, and should you like our assistance in speaking with your doctor about Hospice Care, please call us at 828.692.6178 or 866.466.9734 (toll-free).

 

 

 

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