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Capital Caring Health

Founded in 1977, Capital Caring is one of the first and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations in the United States and provides care to more than 1,200 patients daily. Our service area spans the DC Metro region from Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, MD and Washington, DC to Northern Virginia and south to Richmond, VA. Capital Caring’s mission is to provide patients and their families with the highest quality advanced illness care. Through our client-centered, coordinated care, patients and families impacted by advanced illness receive the care and wrap-around services they need and deserve regardless of a families’ ability to pay.

Capital Caring’s Current Programs 

Hospice Care: Capital Caring’s team of doctors and nurses are nationally and internationally respected leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care. Our coordinated care and services include medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support and are designed to meet our patient’s disease and symptom management needs. We work closely with patients and family members to determine the best place for patients to receive our services - whether care and support is needed at home, an inpatient facility, the hospital or a nursing home. Last year we served 7,404 patients through our hospice care and services. 

Pediatric Hospice Care: Capital Caring specializes in the care and treatment of children, including infants, through our palliative and hospice care. A partner of Children’s National Medical Center’s PANDA program, our family-centered, interdisciplinary team offers medical, spiritual, and emotional support during a critical time in the lives of these children. In 2018, our team served 45 children through our Pediatric Hospice program.  

Palliative Care: Capital Caring physicians provide pain and symptom management for chronic, seriously ill patients who are not yet eligible for hospice care or who do not want hospice care. Our physicians make house calls, consult at hospitals and clinics, and often coordinate with the patient's own primary care doctor. 2,251 patients receive care and services through our palliative care program.

Point of Hope Counseling: At Capital Caring, we provide one-on-one counseling sessions, support groups and special grief education programs not only to help our Capital Caring hospice families, but to assist members of the larger community struggling with loss. Over the last year, Capital Caring counselors served 5,339 clients through this service.

Inpatient Care: Capital Caring operates four in-patient care sites across the DC Metro Area: the 15-bed Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, located in Arlington, VA; the 21-bed Adler Center, located in Loudoun County, VA; a 14-bed center at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC; and a 7-bed center at Arbor Terrace-Greenbelt in Lanham, MD. A new 10-bed center will open at Sibley Memorial Hospital (Johns Hopkins Medical) in early 2020. Each site provides 24-hour care and medical support for hospice patients whose pain and other symptoms require management not possible at home. Through these intensive support sites, Capital Caring serves 1,659 patients each year. 

Veterans Health and Support : The DC region is home to the largest concentration of veteran service members and their families make up a significant portion of the families and individuals we serve. As a result, over the last year we have strengthened our commitment to veterans and their families, through the expansion of existing wrap around services and programs. This includes our Children’s and Family Bereavement programs as well as our new partnership with Hero’s Bridge, a volunteer- and former military service member-led organization committed to helping veterans 55 and older access critical health and social service programs, combat isolation, and ease end-of-life transitions.