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Dare Home Health & Dare Hospice are programs of the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services which provide in-home, medical services and hospice support services to residents of Dare County. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate and quality services to our clients.

We are Medicare Certified, licensed by the State of North Carolina and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare, Inc. We offer a wide variety of health and supportive services for patients ranging in age from newborn infants to elderly persons.

Our services are:

  • Available 24/7

  • Available regardless of ability to pay

  • Centered around the patient’s needs, priorities, and values

  • Committed to ensuring physical, emotional, , and spiritual comfort

Services are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances.

For those eligible,  services are available, regardless of ability to pay.

Working together  we deliver uniquely tailored, high quality, and compassionate care  to support our patients, their families and the community we serve.  Our staff members are  part of the community and familiar with local resources. Care is provided by our  experienced, certified and dedicated team including registered nurses, medical social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, nutritionists, bereavement counselors, chaplains, hospital medical directors, certified nursing assistants, as well as other professionals and volunteers.

Our agency was recognized as 2014, 2015 Home Care Elite, an annual compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States.

As a We Honor Veterans partner, our agency is able to assess and enhance our ability to serve Veterans by using resources provided by the campaign and integrating best practices for providing end-of-life care.

Dare Home Health

Dare Home Health provides nursing care, therapies and other health care services in the home. Our goal is to treat your illness or injury, help you get better, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible.

Home Health Services include but are not limited to:

  • People of any age who have had a recent illness, injury, or surgical intervention that requires rehabilitative services such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy

  • Individuals who require home infusion therapy for antibiotics or other medications

  • Post-surgical patients who require personal care and/or assistance and education

  • Seniors who need assistance with disease management and education

Home Health care can begin after a hospital stay or visit to the physician, if your physician determines that home health services are needed.

In order to receive our home health services, the patient must be homebound. Once eligibility has been determined a referral is made by your physician to Dare Home Health.

Our skilled and dedicated staff will visit you in your home setting to evaluate your needs. An overall care plan will be developed with you, your loved ones, caregivers, and your physician. All home health services are supervised by a registered nurse or physical therapist to ensure that your health needs are being met.

Respite Care is offered to provide temporary relief to those caring for someone who might otherwise require placement in a facility. Our dedicated volunteers offer support in the home to allow the caregiver time to engage in other activities in order that they can return to their roles as a caregiver feeling refreshed.

Dare Hospice

Hospice is specialized care designed to provide support to you and your loved ones during a terminal illness. Hospice is not about dying, it is about living each day to the fullest and focusing on quality of life. It is centered on the belief that everyone has the right to die with dignity and without pain, and it focuses on caring for, and not curing, the life-limiting process.

Dare Hospice provides palliative care to manage a patient’s pain and symptoms;  and assist with the emotional, relational, and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones.

Hospice supports family caregivers in providing care. This care  can be provided in a variety of settings, including home, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals.

Hospice Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Addressing and managing pain, nausea, and other symptoms

  • Assistance with personal care, hygiene, and support with home tasks

  • Coordinating the acquiring of medications and equipment for safety and comfort

  • Helping patients and their families make final arrangements

Hospice care can begin once a patient’s physician determines that the patient has a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less and when the patient and family decide not to pursue further curative treatment. Once medical need has been established, the decision to begin hospice care involves the patient, physician, loved ones and caregivers.

Grief Support Group

We offer a free, on-going grief support group to all Dare County residents who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Funding for this program is provided by Interfaith Community Outreach, Outer Banks Community Foundation and Dare Hospice.

Bereavement Support

We are committed to providing information, education, and resources to help those who are going through a period of bereavement. We provide grief support for up to a year following the death of a patient we have served.

Dare Hospice Volunteer Program

The spirit of hospice volunteering comes from a genuine desire to provide comfort, peace, and care to patients facing the end of life process. Hospice volunteers play a vital role in Dare Hospice. Our volunteers have a positive impact on the lives of the patients they serve and are a necessary part of our team.  

Volunteering is linked to greater levels of satisfaction and well-being. Caring for others has also been found to lead to happiness and fulfillment. Volunteering with Dare Hospice is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community while receiving both benefits.

Volunteers are able to contribute in a variety of ways from - keeping patients company when family and friends are not able to be there, to helping with Dare Hospice administrative work. Our Volunteers help us assure a high level of patient care.

Patient Care Volunteer duties can include:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Preparing meals for patients
  • Helping with simple chores around the house
  • Providing comfort and support by just being present
  • Allowing the  patient’s caregiver to go on their errands and other daily tasks
  • Informing hospice staff of the patients’ needs

Administrative Volunteer duties can include: 

  • Preparing mailings and leaflets
  • Answering phone calls
  • Assisting with fundraising campaigns
  • Setting up and manning booths at community outreach events
  • Helping with data entry and other clerical duties

Our hospice volunteer training is free of charge. If you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for Dare Hospice at 252.475.5028.