Hospice Care

WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care provides high quality, compassionate end-of-life care for people with terminal illness.

Commitment to Caring

  • Highly skilled symptom management and support for the terminally ill
  • Focus on caring, with services usually provided in the patient's own home
  • Hospice patients live their final months to the fullest, surrounded by loved ones.

    WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care is Medicare-certified, which means that someone on Medicare receives hospice services at no cost.


Hospice Services

WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care provides services that are customized to the needs of the patient, which include:

  • Pain management
  • Symptom management
  • Providing necessary medications, medical supplies and equipment
  • Assistance with emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of end-of-life
  • Guiding family members on how best to care for the patient
  • Specialized services such as speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy and music therapy when needed
  • Short-term inpatient care when appropriate
  • Respite for caregivers as needed
  • Grief services and support for surviving family members and loved ones

    We are proud of our commitment to providing quality care and services to veterans and their families. 




The professional staff and volunteers at WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care are committed to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well being of their patients and the people who care for them.

We provide care wherever a patient lives, whether it is their personal residence, a skilled nursing facility, an assisted living facility or an adult family home. We serve all of Whidbey Island.

Hospice is a family-centered, holistic approach to patient care. The hospice team visits regularly to provide care, answer questions and make the patient as comfortable as possible. We focus exclusively on the patient's goals and wishes.

Our team supports patients and families with comprehensive expertise in the management of physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For most hospice patients, “comfort care” means spending the last months of their lives within familiar surroundings with family, friends, pets and relaxed routines.

"It is hard at this time to express the full gratitude
that I have for your kind and expert care."

− Patient family member

Our Hospice Care team includes:

  • The patient’s own physician
  • Dr. Jerry Sanders (right), Hospice-Certified Medical Director
  • A hospice nurse and a social worker, who work closely with each other and with the patient and family
  • A hospice chaplain
  • A hospice aid (certified nursing assistant)
  • Trained hospice volunteer
  • Hospice grief service


When Is Hospice Appropriate?

Hospice care is appropriate when the patient’s physician determines that curative efforts are no longer appropriate and when life expectancy is six months or less.

Patients have the option to return to curative therapy at any time. Any patient, family member, friend or physician can call WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care and get immediate information about how we can help.

Hospice care can begin immediately upon referral from the patient’s physician. A representative from WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care typically visits the patient within 24 hours to evaluate his or her eligibility and needs and to begin care.

Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance.