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Hospice of Davidson County – Find Comfort Here

By Chris Burcaw

Nestled in a pastoral, serene setting off Highway 64, centrally located in Davidson County, lies the Hospice of Davidson County Campus, featuring administrative and Home Care offices, the Grief Counseling Center, and the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House facility.

HODC HHSince 1985, Hospice of Davidson County has been providing care and comfort to patients facing end-of-life illness by offering pain and symptom management, as well as spiritual and emotional support for patients and families.

“Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care. Pain and symptom management and emotional and spiritual support are unique to each patient’s needs and wishes. Our belief is that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support throughout the process,” Jan Knox, Director of Community Relations said.

Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. In most cases, care is provided in a patient’s home, but it is also given in the hospital, in nursing homes, in long-term care facilities, or in a hospice inpatient unit. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.

Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, HODC Campuswhen appropriate, helps make decisions for their loved one. Members of the Hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. The Hospice of Davidson County team is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. Other services include:

  • Assisting the patient with the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of dying.
  • Providing needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment.
  • Coaching and supporting the family on how to care for the patient.
  • Making inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or when he caregiver needs respite time.
  • Offering grief support care and counseling to surviving family and friends.


“Our team consists of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and certified nursing assistants, as well as social workers, chaplains, and grief counselors,” Knox said. “But we would be hard-pressed to offer our levels of services without the help of our incredible volunteers. Our volunteers assist with everything from answering phones and providing office support to running errands and providing companionship for patients.”

Because of generous community support, Hospice of Davidson County can continue meeting its mission to enhance the quality of life by providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual care for our community.

“We never refuse care to anyone based on their ability to pay. The services we offer exceed what is covered by Medicare and private insurance reimbursements,” Knox said. “For that reason, we depend on the Davidson County community to meet the needs of those in our community facing the end of their lives.”

Currently, Hospice of Davidson County is in the midst of its More Meaningful Moments comprehensive campaign, which is designed to raise funds to enhance patient care, expand services, enable growth, and expand therapeutic care.

“Over the next decade, it is projected that the population of residents over the age of 65 in Davidson County will increase by 23%,” Knox said. “The goals of the campaign are simple – to create More Meaningful Moments for our patients and their families while meeting the growing need for Hospice Care in our community.”

To learn more about Hospice of Davidson County, to become a volunteer or support the care we provide, visit HospiceOfDavidson.org, or call 336-475-5444.


Ride for Angels: Hospice of Davidson County

By Renee Shipko

Photos provided by Hoy Beck

For nearly 30 years, Hospice of Davidson County has been committed to providing specialized medical care and emotional and spiritual support to patients and families facing end of life.  Hospice care is a type of individualized care that supports emotional and spiritual needs while providing expert care for pain control and symptom management.  Hospice care is delivered in homes throughout the county, in long term care facilities and at the county’s only inpatient hospice program, The Henry Etta and Bruce Hinkle Hospice House, located off of US Highway 64 East in Lexington.

In an effort to raise funds to support patient services, Hospice of Davidson County hosted its first memorial motorcycle ride in 2008.  The event was organized by a volunteer committee who came together to honor the memory of loved ones who had passed away as a result of a terminal illness.  Participation and enthusiasm about the event has grown every year since its inception in 2008, and the ride now attracts more than 500 participants.  The event is a significant one for Hospice of Davidson County, raising nearly $20,000 annually to benefit patient care.

DSC_2655This year marks the 7th annual Ride for Angels event, which will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Denton FarmPark.  The ride is escorted annually by members of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department and travels a route that weaves across the southern part of the county.  The ride departs from Denton FarmPark around 10:45 a.m. and returns riders to the park, where they enjoy a lunch and entertainment following the ride.

Pre-registration for this year’s ride is $15 per bike, and $5 for an additional rider.  Commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase as well.  Day of registration increases to $20 per bike and $5 for an additional rider.  Ride participants, the majority of whom ride in memory of a loved one who benefited from hospice care, are encouraged to share memories or photos of loved ones on the agency’s Memorial Wall at the event.

The 7th annual Ride for Angels Motorcycle Ride is sponsored by Younts Insurance and Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center.  Additional sponsorships are provided by WLXN KOOL 1440 AM and 99.9 FM radio in Lexington, Creative Carpets and Holladay Surgical Supply.

Hospice of Davidson County is one of the largest non-profit member agencies of the United Way of Davidson County.  In 2013, the agency provided hospice care to more than 700 patients while providing grief support to nearly 3,000 individuals in the 17 communities that encompass Davidson County.  More than half of the agency’s workforce, which exceeds 100 employees, are from or live in Davidson County, which translates to a better understanding of the uniqueness of the rural county.  And, with patients located in all corners of the county, Hospice of Davidson County is the most responsive provider of hospice care in our area.

For more information about hospice care or to register for the 7th annual Ride for Angels motorcycle ride, please call (336) 475-5444.