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Capital Caring

Founded in 1977, Capital Caring is one of the first and largest nonprofit hospice/palliative care organizations in the United States and has provided hospice and palliative care to more than 102,000 patients and families in its service area of Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Prince Georges County, Maryland -- regardless of ability to pay -- as well as bereavement counseling for those families, and grief counseling for the community at large.         

On any one day, its expert staff of health professionals -- including physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, and trained volunteers -- care for more than 1,200 patients people living with advanced illness and their families.     

Capital Caring's core services include the following:       

  • Hospice: A Capital Caring team, led by an experienced physician and nurse, focuses on the patient's preferences and provides pain and symptom management wherever the patient calls home  -- in a private home, assisted living facility or nursing home, an inpatient facility, or the hospital.  This care includes medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support as well as grief and loss counseling. Capital Caring has the region's largest concentration of professionals board-certified by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, including doctors and nurses nationally and internationally respected as leaders in the field of hospice/palliative care.  
  • Palliative Care: Capital Caring physicians provide pain/symptom management for seriously ill patients who are not yet eligible for hospice care or who do not want hospice care. They make house calls, consult at hospitals and clinics, and can coordinate with the patient's own primary care doctor.        
  • Point of Hope Counseling: Capital Caring counselors provide bereavement counseling for both hospice and palliative care patients, as well as programs for the larger community up to 13 months after the death of a loved one in hospice care as well as community counseling programs and expressive therapies for a variety of grief and loss experiences, including summer grief camps for children and teens, now in their 19th year.  
  • Inpatient Care: The Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington, VA provides 24-hour care, with the comforts of home and the medical support of a hospital, for hospice patients whose pain and other symptoms require management not possible at home.  In September 2014, we opened a second inpatient center -- the Adler Center for Caring, located in Loudoun County -- to serve patients and families in the western portion of our service area. In 2016 we opened a 7-bed inpatient center in Greenbelt, MD and a 14-bed center at Providence Hospital in DC, thus ensuring inpatient care is available close-to-home for all Capital Caring patients and families.        
  • Center for Outcomes, Research and Education: The Center promotes and improves hospice/palliative care through research and professional education of Capital Caring staff and the healthcare community.  The Fellowship in Palliative Medicine for physicians who aspire to specialize in palliative medicine is one of only three community hospice-based fellowships accredited by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.