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Hospice Care

… is a philosophy of comprehensive compassionate care for those in the final stages of life. At Hospice of Marion County, our mission is to provide exceptional support for patients and their families in the comfort of their own homes—86% of our patients are able to spend their last days in the place they call home.

Our goal is to provide this professional service of pain relief and symptom management to as many people as possible, so that everyone may live out their days with the highest quality of life possible. Our interdisciplinary team makes frequent house calls; medical equipment, supplies and medications are delivered right to the patient’s door.

For management of acute symptoms, patients find relief at one of our three conveniently located Hospice Houses, which provide an inpatient level of care. Once symptoms are under control they may return home.

Who is Eligible?

Home-based hospice care is available to those who live in Marion County. “Home” is defined as one’s private residence, an assisted living facility, nursing home or even the hospital. Patients cared for in our Hospice Houses do not have to be Marion county residents. Care is available to people of all ages, including children, with any end-stage diagnosis, not just cancer.

When a cure is no longer available, the specialized care teams work closely with the patient’s personal physician to create an individualized plan of care for each patient

Who Pays?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies. Memorials and support contributions are directed toward charitable patient care. Our policy never excludes service to anyone who is eligible, regardless of ability to pay. Since 1983, our hospice has been the only 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization licensed by the State of Florida and certified by Medicare in Marion County.

We also operate three inpatient facilities, Estelle’s House, Legacy House and Brandley House.

Hospice of Marion County employs 450 professional team members with assistance from 800 trained volunteers. Meet our Board of Directors, Executive Team and Medical Directors.

See if Hospice is right for you or your loved one. Answer a few short questions and receive a confidential reply from our referrals coordinator.

Hospice Self-Assessment Quiz

How would I know when to involve Hospice?

The following self-assessment can help you consider if the time is right to begin receiving care and support from Hospice of Marion County for you or your loved one.

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How many statements did you check? If you checked four or more, you could benefit from Hospice care. Physical care and resources, emotional and spiritual support, and help for both you and your loved ones are available from Hospice of Marion County.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Intake Referral Center at 352-873-7415; or e-mail this form to learn more about how you and your loved one can begin receiving the support you deserve.