Hospice & Palliative Care

Family Hospice

Family hospice offers support and care to those living with a terminal illness, enabling them to live as comfortably and fully as possible. Whether or not there is a cure, comfort is available. Hospice works best when there are months rather than days to establish relationships and provide the strongest possible support system.

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The Family Hospice Team

Hospice services are ordered by the patient's physician or nurse practitioner, with the hospice medical director being part of the team. Registered nurses provide planned home visits with an emphasis on symptom management, including pain. Nurses are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The team also consists of a nurses aide, social worker, bereavement and volunteer coordinator, chaplain, pharmacist, respiratory therapist and dietician. Physical, occupational, and speech therapists are also available as needed.

Team members all work together to support the patient and family physically, emotionally and spiritually throughout the hospice journey. Bereavement services and support continue for families after the death of their loved ones.

Service Area

St. Joseph Family Hospice serves an area in Idaho approximately 30 miles from Lewiston and along the Clearwater River to within Orofino's city limits.

How are Hospice Services Initiated?

Talk with your primary care provider (physician or nurse practitioner) about hospice support. You may also contact the family hospice office for any additional information you may need.

No person will be denied admission to family hospice based on race, age, sex, creed, religion, disability, marital status, national origin, disease or ability to pay.


Patients eligible Medicare or Medicaid are fully covered for all hospice services related to their terminal illness. Private insurance and other plans may have full or limited coverage. Family hospice staff will help to determine eligibility for Medicare or other insurance benefits. We can assist in identifying resources for payment, and arrangements can be made for those responsible for the payment of hospice services.

Family Hospice Volunteer Program

Family hospice relies on volunteers for office support, running errands, helping with transportation and sitting with patients to allow caregivers some time away. All volunteers receive in-depth training and continuing education. If you are interested in learning more about the family hospice volunteer program, please call 208-799-5275.

Family Hospice Memorial Fund

Our ability to support the needs of hospice families is made possible in great part through memorial gifts, which are used to provide patient/family care, medications and equipment required for comfort. Donations to family hospice are very much appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible.

Contact Us

Family Hospice

415 Sixth St.

Lewiston ID, 83501

Phone: 208-799-5275

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Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on the unique needs of patients with a serious or terminal illness who have been admitted to the hospital for treatment of severe and complex problems. We provide active, total care of patients whose illness does not respond to treatment. The goal of palliative care is to provide the best quality of life for patients and their families. Attention to control of pain; other symptoms; and psychological, social and spiritual concerns is primary.

The Program

Living with a complex and serious illness can affect you in so many ways. Our palliative care team members can assist you during this challenging time. They specialize in the relief of physical, emotional, social and spiritual suffering. The team works with your primary care physician to address your needs, questions and hopes. When you define what quality of life means to you, we are better able to help you achieve your goals and address the limits of your illness.

Palliative care helps connect you with meaningful information and resources that enhance your quality of life. We understand that those conversations and actions that help you plan for the future, whatever it may hold, are crucial and we are here to help facilitate them.

Palliative Care Services

  • Plans the care the patient wants, ensuring that the treatment team and the patient’s family understand their personal and unique hopes.
  • Provides vigorous treatment of pain and common symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety throughout a patient’s illness.
  • Provides emotional and spiritual counseling for the patient and family, helping them as they face difficult medical decisions.
  • Helps prepare the patient for the transition from hospital to home, such as in-home support and equipment.
  • Ensures that the patient is informed, enabled and empowered to make choices that provide quality of life within the limitations of the illness.

The Consultation Team

The team is composed of physicians, nurses, a social worker, a chaplain and a pharmacist. The palliative care team partners with a patient’s primary physician to deliver well-coordinated and well-communicated care. Let our professionally trained team support you as you seek answers to your personal health care questions.

Contact Us and Hours

A palliative care consultant can be reached through a request from the attending physician. Palliative care hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Palliative Care

415 Sixth St.

Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone: 208-799-5275

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