Affiliated with The Wesley Communities

Wesley Hospice

For Consultation or

Please Call:

Phone: 614-451-6700

Fax: 614-538-0856

124 B Dorchester Sq.
Suite 200
Westerville, Ohio 43081

For additional information
contact Toni Bridge at tbridge@mecsrc.com

If you  interested in volunteering contact;
Becky Huitger

"Dedicated to caring for the individual,
the heart, and the spirit.

Save the Date!

The Wesley Communities is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Wesley Glen/Wesley Ridge Residents’ Cup Charity Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, July 15 at Pinnacle Golf Club.

Proceeds will benefit Hospice Services at Methodist ElderCare & Wesley at Home. For more information, contact Dinah Cason at 614.501.1458 or dcason@mecsrc.com




A Brief History of the Hospice Movement

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History of Hospice
The hospice movement in the United States has its roots in the work of British physician Dame Cicely Saunders and Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross explored ways to improve the process of dying and shed light on the needs of patients during this important passage. They brought awareness to the importance of patients as individual, unique human beings with individual needs and rights deserving of respect.

In the 1960s, as medical science was discovering dramatic new ways to combat disease and save lives, a handful of people in Europe and the U.S. were looking at how to help people at the end of life. At this time, Dr. Saunders, who began working with dying patients in the 1940s, founded the first modern hospice -- St. Christopher's Hospice in London, England. She was inspired by a dying patient who, at the end of life, requested words of comfort and acts of kindness and friendship. Dr. Saunders came to believe and to teach, "We do not have to cure to heal."

In 1964, she began teaching at Yale University School of Nursing in Connecticut about holistic hospice care and how it enhances the quality of life of terminally ill patients. An important component of hospice care was appropriate pain management.

Several years later, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross published her best-selling book "On Death and Dying." Based on interviews with dying patients, she identified five stages of grief - denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance. Time Magazine said of the book, "It has brought death out of the darkness."

The first hospice in America, the Connecticut Hospice, opened in 1974, followed shortly by an in-patient hospice at Yale Medical Center and a hospice program in Marin County, California.

In the early 1980s, Congress created legislation establishing Medicare coverage for hospice care. The Medicare Hospice Benefit was made permanent in 1986. Today most states also provide hospice Medicaid coverage.

Today there are more than 3,200 hospices across the country - some are part of hospitals or health systems, others are independent; some are nonprofit agencies, others are for-profit companies. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in 2000 about one in every four Americans who died received hospice care at the end of life - roughly 600,000 people.