About Hospice Austin
As the first hospice in Central Texas, Hospice Austin was established in 1980 to ease the physical, emotional, and spiritual pain of any person in our community facing the final months of a serious illness. Patients receive care in their own homes, at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House or in nursing facilities. Thanks to remarkable community support, no one who needs our services is ever turned away because of his or her inability to pay. Hospice Austin serves patients in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Hays and Caldwell counties.
As a nonprofit hospice, our resources are not used to benefit investors but instead go back into services that benefit our patients and their families. It allows us to provide unique services including:
- Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, an inpatient facility combining home-like comfort with expert 24-hour medical care.
- Full-time, experienced physicianswho are board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine.
- Services for all stages of a serious illness, including palliative care and hospice care.
- Medications and medical equipmentrelated to the patient’s primary illness and supplied at no cost to the family.
- A dedicated on-call teamready to respond to needs at any time of the night or weekend.
- Austin’s only pediatric hospice care teamto provide specialized and compassionate care to children.
- Pet Peace of Mind programto ensure pets are able to remain with patients throughout their illness and help, if needed, in finding a new home for the pet after a patient passes.
- More than 400 trained volunteerswho offer companionship, respite and professional skills, such as hairstyling, massage and acupuncture.
- Specialized caretailored to patients’ specific needs.
- The most extensive bereavement program of any hospice in Central Texaswith individual counseling, support groups, visits for the homebound and online support.
- Camp Erin Central Texas, a free therapeutic summer camp for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 who have lost a loved one.
- The GIFT (Giving Instructions for Tomorrow) Project, an initiative to educate the community about the importance of advance care planning and to train medical professionals to have those conversations with their patients
- Fully accredited since 1998, Hospice Austin meets the highest standards of care and is evaluated on a regular basis by outside hospice experts