Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care


For more information about hospice services, please call 828-452-5039

Inpatient hospice care is provided when pain and/or various other symptons cannot be managed outside of an inpatient setting. When a patient has decided to stop any further curative treatment, their physician can order inpatient comfort care. Patients and families are provided a private room with 24/7 skilled care along with 24/7 on call comfort care. 

Once your physician orderes comfort care at the hospital, a hospice comfort care nurse will be assigned to begin the admission process. As with our home comfort care, inpatient hospice allows you and your family to be in contact with one or all of our care team as needed. Our care team includes the following: 

  • Medical Director
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assitants
  • Social Worker
  • Chaplain
  • DIrector of Nursing
  • Executive Director
  • Bereavement Coordinator
  • Patient Liaison
  • Volunteers 


  • ALS
  • Cancer Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Failure to Thrive
  • HIV
  • Life-limiting Illnesses
  • Palliative Care
  • Stroke or Coma


For more information about pallative care services at
Haywood Regional, please call 828.452.8696


What is Palliative Care?

What is the Goal of Palliative Care?
The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Who Provides Palliative Care?
Doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, nurses, social workers and chaplains, among other specialists, all work together with the patient’s medical providers to provide an added layer of support.

How Does A Person Receive Palliative Care?
Any provider involved in a patient’s care may make a referral to the Palliative Care Program by initiating an order for a palliative care consultation.

What Makes Palliative Care Different From Hospice?
There is often a misunderstanding in relation to palliative and hospice care. There are some similarities and differences. Both services can be delivered in any setting and both are designed to manage symptoms of a disease. However, hospice requires a prognosis of six months or less and care is focused on comfort when cure is not possible. Palliative care manages symptoms while the individual can continue to seek treatment or cure and the prognosis can be longer than six months.