Gentle Shepherd Hospice has been closely monitoring the progress of COVID-19 and following all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. We have activated our multi-disciplinary emergency preparedness response team to coordinate our efforts in accordance with guidance from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

This team will be directing the following efforts:

  • Implementing emergency preparedness plans, including review of our supply inventory and infection control policies procedures, and making adjustments as necessary
  • Following our standard clinical protocols for preventing the spread of infectious diseases, including proper hand hygiene and appropriate use of personal protection equipment.
  • Supplementing our policies and procedures with COVID-19 specific policies as needed, including screening for illness post travel or potential exposure.
  • Working with local and national public health resources to ensure we have the most up-to-date information in our approach to managing the spread of the virus.
  • Educating patients on symptoms that indicate a need for emergency help or further medical care.

We are also working with our long-term care and nursing facility partners to support their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, while still providing care for our patients who reside there.

If you are currently a Gentle Shepherd patient or family caregiver of a patient and have questions or concerns, please call your hospice nurse or our main office, 800-789-0856.

Please also do not hesitate to call us if you know someone who needs the support of hospice care during this difficult period. We can help.

For updates and helpful information, check this page, visit the Gentle Shepherd Blog or join us on Facebook.

Coronavirus educational resources:

Center for Disease Control

Virginia Department of Health