Medical Director

Meet Dr. Nelson, Ethos Care Medical Director for hospice. 


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About Hospice

Ethos Hospice strives to make every day matter, make every day comfortable, and make every day as joyful as possible for our patients who are living with a terminal or life limiting illness. Our primary focus is on managing the patient’s pain and troubling symptoms, while providing the emotional and spiritual support needed to help them live their life comfortable.

Our Hospice team is made up of professionals from a number of different disciplines. Each bring their own area of expertise and perspective to providing holistic care to the patient and their family. Your own primary Physician will work closely with the Hospice Medical Director and nursing staff to manage pain and troubling symptoms, prescribe medications, and oversee the patient's care.

Hospice Services

Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for you and your family. Our services include, but are not limited to:

Bereavement Services

Bereavement services include 13 months of bereavement support offered by social workers and chaplains.

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Home Health Aides

Home health aides help with activities of daily living and provide personal care, such as bathing, showering, along with emotional support.

Medications, Equipment and Supplies

Medications, equipment and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis are provided.

Pain and Symptom Management

Pain and symptoms are monitored closely by your primary physician, hospice medical director and nursing staff to manage any pain and troubling symptoms.

Patient and Family Education and Support

Patient and family education, and support are provided to the patient and family. Staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Therapy (Physical, Occupational or Speech)

Therapy can be provided as part of the approved plan of care to help reduce pain or alleviate symptoms.

Social Workers

Social workers help to ease emotional or family challenges and assist with advance care planning.

Spiritual Support & Chaplains

Spiritual care and chaplains are available to patients and their families.

Our Hospice Team

Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses continually assess the patient and their family in order to determine their individual needs, maintain their comfort, teach skills to caregivers, coordinate additional team members as necessary, and generally support the patient and family.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides help with activities of daily living and provide personal care, such as bathing, showering, along with emotional support.


Therapists provide physical, occupational or speech therapy as part of the approved plan of care to help reduce pain or alleviate symptoms related to the hospice diagnosis.

Pet Therapy

In pet therapy dogs and other animals provide comfort, unconditional love and distraction. It’s used in places as diverse as children’s hospitals and nursing homes.  

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Social Workers

Social Workers coordinate resources within the community, help ease emotional or family challenges, and help the patient and family with future planning. They are also available to provide grief support to family members before and after the loss of their loved one.


Chaplains provide spiritual care to the patient and their family, and collaborate with the patient's own clergy to meet their spiritual needs. Hospice chaplains honor and respect all spiritual philosophies.

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Hospice Volunteers

Hospice Volunteers are able to provide respite care for the family, companionship, help with household chores or child care and provide administrative support at the Hospice office.

The Hospice team meets regularly to ensure seamless communication, coordination of care, and that the needs of the whole family are being addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice Care

When and how does hospice care begin?

Hospice care can start as soon as orders have been signed by your primary physician. We are proud to do same day admissions at your earliest convenience.

When do I become eligible for hospice?

At any time, our professional staff can come and do an informational visit, at no cost, with you and your family. The informational visit is intended to explain the hospice benefit and review your health status. Your physician must support a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course to be eligible.

How is hospice paid for?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and almost all private insurance. Our team will work with you to determine and understand your level of coverage and eligibility for hospice services.