Hospice Care

Find a compassionate, caring hospice team at UNC Health that’s here to help you find comfort at the end of a terminal illness.

What Is Hospice?

Hospice care gives medical services and emotional support to people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness, such as advanced cancer. Rather than trying to cure the disease, hospice providers focus on helping patients feel more comfortable in the last months of life.

Hospice also supports families managing the emotions and practical concerns of losing a loved one.

Who's Eligible for Hospice Care?

Choosing UNC Health and its affiliates means any patient—regardless of diagnosis, age, race, religion, gender preference, or ability to pay—is eligible for hospice care. In most cases, doctors and physicians recommend hospice to patients and caregivers or loved ones based on a diagnosis of less than six months to live.

Hospice Care & Services

Turn to one of UNC Health’s hospice teams for:

  • Access to round-the-clock hospice care
  • Basic medical care, focused on pain and symptom control
  • Counseling or support group resources
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Physical, occupational, or speech therapy
  • Spiritual care, including chaplain services, if requested
  • Volunteers, who can provide companionship, help run errands, or complete tasks in your home

Why Choose UNC Health for Hospice

You can request hospice care in private residences as well as nursing facilities, adult care homes, and assisted living facilities. You may also choose your nearest UNC Health hospice house, a home-like location designed for peace and dignity at the end of life.  

 After hospice care, get access to grief and bereavement support groups and resources.

 UNC Health’s hospice programs are licensed by Medicare and Medicaid, and are a benefit covered by most private insurance carriers.

Find Care Close to Home

Explore our locations and hospitals in North Carolina to find a provider and service near you.