​​​​​​​​Contact Penny at 301-990-0852 or pennyg@hospicecaring.org 
​​to request an intake.

Volunteer Helping Hands, Hospice Caring’s patient and family program, offers short-term, practical, social and emotional support for people of all ages with a serious illness and no reasonable prospect of a cure. Hospice Caring is licensed by the state of Maryland as a limited hospice care program. While we do not provide medical services, we supplement medical hospice and we also support patients who are still pursuing curative treatment. 


Services include but are not limited to:

  • companionship and emotional support
  • assistance with household tasks
  • respite care
  • patient advocacy
  • limited transportation to appointments

For more information or to​​ request
services call 301-990-0852.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Why choose Hospice Caring?

A medical hospice accepts patients in the last six months of their lives and requires that curative treatments be discontinued. They provide palliative care, striving to make the patients as comfortable and pain-free as possible in their final days. In contrast, Hospice Caring, as a non-medical hospice, does not require a six-month or less prognosis, curative treatments may still be pursued. Hospice Caring’s services are provided at no charge.


May patients obtain services from both a medical hospice and Hospice Caring at the same time?

Yes. In fact, Hospice Caring coordinates with local medical hospice services when a family requires both types of hospices. We work in conjunction with every medical hospice in Montgomery County, as well as home-care agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals.


Does the patient need to have a doctor’s referral before calling Hospice Caring?

No. We accept patients with or without a doctor’s referral. Every patient is required to have a local physician available to respond to medical needs. Hospice Caring can help locate an appropriate medical provider if none is currently involved.


Where is care provided?

Volunteer caregivers will visit homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities -- wherever needed.


Who are the caregivers?

Caregivers are carefully screened and trained volunteers who work directly with patients, families and friends to navigate end-of-life challenges and choices. They represent a variety of professional and ethnic backgrounds, ages, and life experiences. Common among them all is the desire to make a difference in the lives of those faced with end-of-life challenges.


Does the patient need to have signed a Do Not Resuscitate order? 
No. We provide services to those with and without a Do Not Resuscitate order. 


What happens after a patient dies?

Hospice Caring can continue to provide support. Our bereavement services director can provide information about support groups and community resources. No one will have to face their grief alone.

Please read about our Adult Bereavement and Children's Bereavement programs.

Volunteer Helping Hands (caregiving)

United Way #8365 | CFC #42512